1926 - JUNGLE PARK SPEEDWAY
Jungle Park Speedway was a half mile high banked dirt oval with a 1/4 mile oval on its infield.
Later on in life the track surface was replaced with a oil soaked gravel mixture that was compacted, this eliminated the dust problems.
It was not unusual on a good day to pack around 4,000 spectators into the venue to watch these death defying drivers race wheel to wheel at speeds of up to 100mph on this high banked circuit.
1927 - JUNGLE PARK SPEEDWAY FATALITY'S
Safety was not a priority at Jungle Park, little or no track fencing, high speeds and trees that ran right up to the tracks edge, many deaths were recorded at the venye.
The first was in 1927 when track official Earl Parker was struck and killed by a racecar while carrying out maintainance on the track surface.
A short time later Mrs Charles Kiger a spectator was also killed in an accident.
Two months later Walter Ax a driver would loose his life after crashing, In the following year, Gilbert Cox a spectator would be knocked unconsoious after being struck by a section of safety fence during an accident.
Another three drivers would die at the venue in the following two years, Ralph Scott was another driver to loose his life in 1952.
1955 - JUNGLE PARK SPEEDWAY CLOSURE
By 1955 the large crowds at Jungle Park had fallen away that badly the venue was closed.
1960 - MIDGET RACING RETURNS
The venue did reopen again for a one only midget event in 1960, The racing was held on the smaller 1/4 mile infield track, This meeting did however end in disaster when Arlis Marcum from Indianapolis crashed through the safety fence, killing Annabelle Sigafoose from Terra Haute, this would see the venue closed forever.