Not a closed car to be seen! Could it be the teens?
Good observation. Yes it could be the late teens. You would think enclosed cars would be desirable in the Pacific Northwest.
I'd guess mid-teens.
All of the Fords I can see appear to be 1914 and earlier with straight rear fenders.
Douglas county is on the dry side, eastern. Dave in Bellingham, WA
I counted twelve cars in a row with straight rear fenders.At least one car in the line is circa 1911. Without any personal knowledge of the specific track. I would also think the photo is late/mid '10s. Probably right about '17.
Looks like horse racing going on. But of course, my first thought at my first glance was how much fun it would be to get my boat-tail out there for a few hours! Or, better yet, the gray race car I used to have!
It looks like an unusually long track for horses? I wonder what kind of horse racing they would do there?
Thanks for a wonderful photo!
Drive carefully, and enjoy the New Year! W2
I have put on several 1 and 2 cylinder car tours in Waterville, Douglas Country seat. We stay at the brick Waterville hotel built in the early 1900's and presently mostly restored.
The countryside is warm and dry being wheat country. There are lots of roads with little or no traffic with the exception of a John Deere or 2. The race track and fair grounds are long gone but the local airport covers part of the fairgrounds.
Its a great area for car tours lots of straight and nearly flat roads with interesting things to see while touring.
"... You would think enclosed cars would be desirable in the Pacific Northwest."
Let me clear something up for you folks unfamiliar with Washington and Oregon ....
There are TWO versions of both, divided by a mountain range. One is the one
EVERYONE knows and assumes is THE ONLY version .... soggy and in a perpetual
state of rain .... Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Bellingham, Portland, Salem, Eugene ....
... and then there is the desert. Still considered part of the Pacific Northwest, but ...
We have sagebrush and pines, the scablands and the Palouse. Not a lot of rain.