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The Milwaukee Mile

The Milwaukee Mile is a one mile slightly banked (9.25 degrees in the corners) oval located on the State Fairgrounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The long neglected 2.0 mile paved road course was repaved in 2004, reopening in 2005.

New: 1997-03-12  Last Updated: 2007-07-08

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Elevation: 710 feet Latitude: 43.020745 Longitude: -88.011088 Time zone: CST/CDT (-0600/-0500)

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The Milwaukee Mile originated as a horse track in the 1870s. The first auto race occured on the original 1 mile dirt oval on September 11th, 1903, making the Milwaukee Mile one of the oldest tracks in the world that is still operating. The track shut down for WWII after May 30th, 1942, reopening on June 9th, 1946. The dirt oval closed to be paved after September 20th, 1953. Horse racing contiuned alongside auto racing until the track was paved. The 1 mile paved oval opened on June 6th, 1954.

A 1/5 mile cinder track operated from September 6th, 1934 through October 6th, 1935. A 1/5 mile dirt oval operated from June 4th, 1936 through July, 1939. A 1/4 mile dirt oval operated from ca. 1940 through July 24th, 1942, reopening after the war from June 7th, 1946 through September 6th, 1966. A 1/2 mile dirt oval operated in the 1954-1955 time frame.

A 2.1 mile paved road course operated from 1954 through 1958. A 2.0 mile paved road course operated from 1959 through June 16th, 1984, reopening in 2005 after being repaved in 2004.


Allan E. Brown, The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present. Comstock Park, Michigan: Brown, 2003 , ISBN 0931105617 , pp. 760. Order from National Speedway Directory

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The Milwaukee Mile
7722 W Greenfield Ave.
Milwaukee, WI, 53214

414-453-8277 (Tickets)
414-453-5761 (Administration)

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