Friday, July 29, 2016

Hobart Then and Now: Bracken Riding Stable

Circa 1940, and 2016.

2016-7-29. st099
2016-7-29. sort of approximately in the vicinity of the Bracken stable
(Click on images to enlarge)
Top image courtesy of Eldon Harms.


The 2016 photo is vaguely approximate. Don't start telling people that the Barrington Ridge Baptist church is on the site of the old Bracken riding stable. Of course I asked Eldon Harms when we were looking at this photo, but he could not remember the exact location of the stable — only that it was along S.R. 51, north of where the CVS store is now.

And my guess at circa 1940 is very approximate, too. The car in the photo, Eldon told me, is a 1935 Ford, so the date must be 1935 or later; something about the (unidentified) woman's hair says "World War II" to me, but that's just a vague impression.

The sign above the stable door reads:

BRACKEN
INDIAN RIDGE STABLES
SADDLE HORSES FOR HIRE
BY THE HOUR
INSTRUCTION IF DESIRED


Eldon remembered the Bracken riding trail as going along 14th Street … or maybe going before 14th Street.

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