Happy 4th of July!

Happy Birthday, America!  We wish you  and your family a safe and pleasant 4th of July holiday.

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9 responses to “Happy 4th of July!

  1. The Prophet

    OK. The outside has maybe been painted, but the inside is raw wood, no paint or stain even. The chairback seats are plastic I think. I’m not sure where they came from.

  2. The Prophet

    Lohaus Stadium is just fine. The field is historic and was home to affiliated ball back in the day. I’m going to guess it’s been there about 100 years or so. I don’t know the details, but I was told by someone involved with the Fulton Railroaders Baseball Club (summer collegiate, Ohio Valley League) that the right field wall was bulldozed down back in the 1970’s in order for the city to build a police and fire station. The infield and outfield are beautiful (Bermuda grass), but the right field wall is now about 200 feet from home plate. There’s an (approximately) 40-foot high net from the right field foul line all the way over to the power alley in right center, which I call “The Invisible Monster.” It plays just like the green monster at Fenway. I’ll post some pictures if I can find them. The grandstand is all wood, and is in really great condition. It’s a fun place to watch a game. (I don’t know anything about when it was last worked on or the prison labor use.)

  3. The Prophet

    Thanks Alan. The Fourth of July is a great time to be involved with baseball. I hope everyone who reads here was able to attend a game and then fireworks afterwards, as God and our nation’s founders intended. I was at Lohaus Stadium in Fulton, KY, and it was just great!

    • ballparkbiz

      Thanks for the note. How is Lohaus Stadium holding up? As I recall, it’s an all-wooden ballpark built 10 years ago using, I think, prison labor. Post pictures somewhere, if you have them.

      Alan

      • The Prophet

        I’m guessing you are thinking of “Riverside Park” in Dawson Springs, KY. It was rebuilt in 1999 and is all wood. It was formerly used by the Tradewater Pirates in the Ohio Valley League. They have since moved to Madisonville, have changed ownership, and now go by the name of the Madisonville Miners. I’ve been to Riverside Park, maybe three years ago. It was in good condition then, but I don’t think it’s been used much at all for the past two years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riverside_Park,_Dawson_Springs

      • ballparkbiz

        No, I am thinking of this one:

        http://www.railroadersbaseball.com/lohaus_field.htm

        I remember when it was built. I thought it was very cool that they were building an actual wooden grandstand. Looks like it has been painted since I remember seeing photos of it:

        http://www.ballparkreviews.com/places.php?in_name=Lohaus%20Field&in_city=Fulton&in_state=Kentucky#

        Alan

      • The Prophet

        I was at Lohaus Stadium again last night and I got some more information about the rebuilding. You are correct that the grandstand and walls were rebuild about 15 years ago using jail labor. The original concrete stadium foundation was reused, but the original cinder block walls were torn down and replaced with wood. I already told you about the right field wall being moved in about 150 feet because of the fire and police stations. It’s a very fun place to visit, and the people who run the Fulton Railroaders and their fans are first class baseball people. It’s worth the effort to visit if you’re ever in that area. (Fulton, KY)

      • ballparkbiz

        Mystery solved. Thanks. I will try to make it out there at some point.

        Alan

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