The "Miracle" Grandstand: At the Fair Grounds That Arose Virtually Overnight as If by Magic, Daily Racing Form, 1919-01-12


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THE "MIR A CLE" GRANDSTAND AT THE FAIR GROUNDS THAT AROSE VIRTUALLY OVERNIGHT AS IF BY MAGIC NEW ORLEANS, La., January 11 Northsrn people have an idea that southerners are slow. Whatever foundation there may be for the impression there are instances where it receives a sharp contradiction. On the morning of December 28 the grandstand at the Fair Grounds here burned to the ground. The winter race meeting was scheduled to open January 1. When, the news was flashed over the wire people in the north began canceling their reser- vations. The Business Mens Racing Association, however, is made of stern stuff. One of its directors is Louis N. Lange, who had built the Camp McClellan . cantonment at Anniston, Alabama, an entire city in three months. While the firemen were still working on the ruins the directors met. "If you will give me entire charge I will have a stand by Wednesday," said Mr. Lange. "Go to it," was the answer. Northern horsemen smiled. Their eyes were soon opened, however. Trucks full of lumber began pouring into the grounds. Carpenters, roofers, labor of every description came on ; foot and with each car. Saturday morning the grandstand burned to the ground. Wednesday afternoon the races opened with a grandstand and a banner crowd. Those who think that the south is slow should put the above picture in their scrapbooks. Note that Old Glory floated proudly from the new structure.

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