The course for the first Vanderbilt Cup Race covered 30 miles of public roads in the center of Long Island including Jericho Turnpike from Queens to the hamlet of Jericho. One of the best places to watch the 1904 race was the railroad bridge in Floral Park.
This previously unpublished photo was taken from the Jericho Tunpike LIRR Bridge looking west. Tulip Avenue is on the left. William Luttgen can be seen driving the #18 FIAT.
This is a view of the spectators on the bridge looking east.
This is the exact same view seen 100 years later. I believe the bridge was taken down in the 1960s.
If you would like to learn more about the Vanderbilt Cup Races and see additional rare images of Floral Park, come out next Monday night to my presentation: "The Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island", sponsored by the Floral Park Historical Society at Centennial Hall, beginning at 7:30 PM
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