The original track was in Fair Park (now Rose Park) and the Park was the major tourist attraction in West Texas. It was home to the zoo, the race track, the West Texas Fair, Polo, Tennis, and Football. Football and Polo were played on the track infield. The Chicago Bears held exhibition games against local teams on their way back to Chicago from spring training. The track saw races of most anything that moved: cars, horses, buggies, and dogs.
Some of the 1926 drivers who raced here that you may have heard of: Babe Stapp (Indy 1927-40, 6th in 28, 5th in 39) Fred Frame (Indy 1927-36, first in 32), and George Souders (Indy 1927-28, first in 27, third in 28). BTW, Bob Stilwell in the McCathren Special beat Souders in 1927 at the Oil Belt Fair Races 60 miles to the east of here at the Miller Park track.
The starter in the photos was a fairly famous man from AAA named Jeffries.
I left off Frank Lockhart who won Indy in 1926.