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Thread #42872   Message #3870071
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
05-Aug-17 - 05:36 AM
Thread Name: Help: Camptown Races (Stephen Foster) Background
Subject: RE: Help: Camptown Races (Stephen Foster) Background
The Glenwood, Pittsburgh track ran along the right bank of the Monongahela from Glenwood Bridge up to Birmingham Bridge. It wasn't an oval but would have been 4.5 – 5 miles one-way, give or take.

Curious because the "wood" in Glenwood is Henry (Harry) Wood, Jr., the fellow who bought the piano (for his wife) on which Foster composed a lot of his best stuff, including I Dream of Jennie...;

Foster dedicated songs to Henry's wife Rachel and her sister Mary Keller;

Nellie Bly was the Wood's servant.

Henry Wood gentrified the course proper (hotels, private clubs &c.) just a few years after the song came out.