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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1909/05/00 James A Allison Developer Indianapolis Motor Speedway is constructed under the direction of Chief Engineer Park Taliaferro Andrews.
1909/06/05 Three competitors take off at 3:45 PM at the National Championship Gas-filled Balloon Race, six more following at 5:00 PM. John Berry and Paul McCullough win the contest by cover 377.9 miles to Fort Payne, Alabama in 35 hours.
1909/08/15 Frank H Wheeler Founder As the Indianapolis Motor Speedway revs up for its first automobile races, Frank H Wheeler pictures appears in the Indianapolis Star newspaper.
1909/08/19 Carl Fisher Developer First automobile races begin at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with fifteen racers
1912/00/00 William Guy Wall Chief Engineer Joe Dawson, driving a National Motor Car and Vehicle Corp automobile at an average of 78.7 mph, wins the Indianapolis 500
1913/05/30 Caleb Smith Bragg Driver Driving an American-made Mercer, Caleb Bragg, the fastest qualifier, leaves the race on lap 129 with a broken pump shaft.
1913/05/30 Mercer Motor Cars Motor Car Driving an American-made Mercer, Caleb Bragg, the fastest qualifier, leaves the race on lap 129 with a broken pump shaft.
1921/05/23 Taggart Baking Company Baker Taggart Baking Co advertises the arrival "Taggart's Wonder Bread" in The Indianapolis Star. The name and the colorful packaging were created by Elmer Cline who was inspired by balloon races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Wonder Bread

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Particulars for Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Automotive
Automotive Automotive Racing
Area of Significance Engineering
Area of Significance Entertainment - Recreation
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Industry
Area of Significance Invention
Area of Significance Landscape Architecture
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Facility Use Racetrack
Historic Use Road-related
Historic Use Sport Facility
Area of Significance Sports
Area of Significance Transportation



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 75000044
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Andrews,Park Taliaferro
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Motor Racing Circuit
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Industry, Landscape architecture, Engineering, Transportation, Entertainment-recreation, Invention
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration: Significance of less than fifty years
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1950-1974, 1975-2000
Significant Year: 1909, 1911
Historic Function: Transportation, Recreation and Culture
Historic Sub-Function: Road-related, Sport facility
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Transportation
Current Sub-Function: Road-related Sport facility

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