Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Abandoned Multnomah Greyhound Park photos, possible future site of The Grange, Wood Village, Oregon






Panoramio: http://www.panoramio.com/user/6176499/tags/Multnomah%20Greyhound%20Park

More photos, by someone with better access to the site, here...

Developers Unveil $300M Plan For Wood Village Casino » News » OPB

Officials from two Canadian companies said Thursday that they want to turn a shuttered dog track east of Portland into a complex with a casino, hotel, movie theater and pool. They hope voters will approve their plan in November, two years after a similar proposal was overwhelmingly rejected at the ballot box.
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The casino approval will appear on the ballot as Measures 82 and 83. Developers are calling the $300 million project "The Grange."

drjeff: Here comes Rusty!:
Travel back with me in time, if you will, to the halcyon days of Murray Kemp Park, now known as the Giant Useless Stadium Formerly Known As The Multnomah Greyhound Track. We always used to wonder exactly who Murray Kemp was. I used to speculate that he was the winningnest jockey at the track. Sure, horse jockeys have to keep their weight down, it's a tough life, blah blah blah. But imagine the strain of staying under 40 pounds in order to ride a winning greyhound! That is the stuff of legend, my friends. 

Be that as it may, and it may well not be... the greyhound track was where the action was. The routine was simple: round up a few friends who shared your status of not having a life, hop into the appropriate car (late-70s American tuna boats were the choice at the track... nothing gained you greyhound cred like showing up in a dented 1974 Buick Electra 225), and stop at the liquor store for a few pints of something that would make you forget that you were hanging out in the equivalent of a smoke-filled barn with degenerate gamblers wearing pinky rings and Aqua Velva.

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