August 12, 1986

Missouri’s first legal gambling on horse racing began on this day. The races were at the Missouri State Fair.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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