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Cloverleaf Dog Track
Submitted by Skrilla
This is my submission.
Please include my story and a link if you don't mind (I'll understand if you
cannot include the link)
Me and my girlfriend were
driving home from a tour of the Budwiser Plant north of Fort Collins, headed
south on Colorado I-25. We spotted this abandoned dog track off of a frontage
road next to the interstate. We made our way over to find the main gate unlocked
and standing wide open. We hid my car, and proceeded to examine the outside of
the building looking for a way in.
We tried virtually every door only to find them locked solid. We were getting
discouraged when I spotted a old style garage door. I said to her, "I'll bet
that'll slide right open." Sure enough, just like that we were inside, in the
basement or concession area of the track. We made our way up the rickety stairs,
to find evidence of vandals and thieves, as well as parts of the deconstruction
process. The track is scheduled for demolition. On the lower concourse, my
wonderfully observant girlfriend found a ticket from 1981. This was very unusual
now knowing that the last race actually happened in 2007.
Taking pictures along the way we found the roof access, and made our way up the
thin metal stairs. Once on the roof we realized we were in full view of I-25. So
we carefully snapped more pictures and moved quickly into the press box. By
this time we felt we had seen it enough and had probably been in there for a bit
too long. We made our way back down, back out the way we came. Keeping to the
urban explorers motto, we "Took nothing but pictures and left nothing but
We then worked our way around the building to the area where we had hid the car,
only to find a lone hospital security guard from The Medical Center of the
Rockies. Which happens to now own the property and sits literally a stones throw
away. He was calmly smoking his cigarette, and he told us we shouldn't be in
their because of the dangers of asbestos and lead. Yea, I would not recommend
making a it a regular travel destination.
Then of course the best part of the evening, The security guard departed as we
got to our car. As we pulled up to the main gate, we started to get worried, It
was closed and padlocked... 3 times.... So we drove around the lot for a bit
trying to find an alternate way out. There wasn't one.... Yes it looked like we
were going to have to call for help, and then explain why we were inside.... Not
really something to look forward to ay? But I, Being the genius I am, noticed
that to the right of the gate was still paved and flat, with only a few light
cables wrapped around a large short post standing in our way. Now i drive a
coupe, not the ideal car for going through fences. So i removed the top cable
over the top of the post, and pushed the other two as close to the ground as I
could with my feet. I yelled at my girlfriend to jump in the drivers seat. She
did this quickly, and drove over the wires, without scratching my car. I
carefully replaced the wire I had removed and pulled the other two back up, good
as new. The we booked it as we didn't want to deal with some Colorado police. I
don't live there was just in the state for vacation.
Thanks for looking at my Pictures and listening to my story.
Here is a nice site I found with some more info on the Cloverleaf Dog Track, in
ABNF~I couldn't include the link because the
story has been archived, so I'm including this link instead:
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