After being gone and busy with work and doing a couple things to the ranger, But I am About to start my new job for a Fire dept, I will soon be a career firefighter which means I won't totally have to work my *** off at 3 jobs anymore! But the next few slides are gonna be my small trip to find an old dragway, the Dale county Dragway. I was operational from 1960's till 1990 when it was closed and never reopened, I actually stumbled across it while messing around on the internet. it's kind of crazy you find out some stuff even though you have been living close to the area for 7 years (Even though I live in a neighboring county, You usually can hear about the stuff from the old guys) The way I came across from it is kind of morbid, I saw a video of an accident and wanting to find out some info on the incident, I came across this:
Died: October 9, 1988
Full Name: Kenneth Wayne Caddis
Drag Strip: Dale County Dragway, Alabama
Accident Date: October 8, 1988
Car: 1988 Pontiac Trans Am Mountain Pro Stock
Biographical: After his car ran out of control and flipped over, he was transported to a local hospital. With severe head injuries, he was then flown by helicopter to Southeast Alabama Medical Center where he died early the next morning. He was from Duncanville, Alabama.
"Lakeland woman dies in Alabama highway crash," Lakeland Ledger, October 9, 1988
"Six killed in accidents," Florence Times Daily, October 9, 1988
After that, I did more searching and found the newspaper article, My second job is in Dale county (I work with an ambulance service) and there is a little "Band Aid" hospital we take the majority of patients to So that is where this gentlemen would've been taken, the issue know is where the old drag way would be located, Another search turned up the Town of Newton (Ironically, My first code even was in newton) and Finally after some talking with local friends, I found the road it was on, Armed with my truck, Camera and 12 gauge in the pickup just in case, I headed off to Newton.
Newly painted hood
back shot with the reverse lights:
Facing east in Downtown Newton:
Newton Has been around for quite a while, There was a even a Battle here in this town on the hill Back in the civil war and some other neat tibits, I will post some links if some people are interested, or I may just wait till another time to make a small trip some places personally, But on to the Dragway.
After a few minuets i found the Road to go on,
A couple turns, I found it, Though it was kinda Melodramatic, it was just there. A Steel rusty gate preventing anyone vehicular access to the Undergrowth overtaking history. I thought of Hopping the gate and I still may, But I didn't. I thought of how many people, Spectators and racers, Came out here on the Friday and Saturday nights, To hear and see some High horsepower, louder than hell, Car's tear up the Quarter mile.I could hear the cheer's,the hollering and the Loud V8's echoing thoughout the woods. I also thought of that fateful night in 1988 of the wreck, About that crew probably on standby at the track not expecting anything but some good ol racing, Only to be running to the Closest hospital with someone circling the drain and that hospital being so far away.
here is the entrance:
After that, I traveled down and took some pictures at a tressel, And I went Home, I was short on time that day,
Standby for part 2