Lost Iowa: Do You Know the Legend of Greenwood Roadway?
There's so much history in the Hawkeye State. From the still active and always popular Field of Dreams to the Maquoketa Caves, a popular tourist site. And, of course, there's the lore of the doomed Roseanne Barr mansion. But perhaps it's the tale of a former sports car racing track that still gathers the most whisper and intrigue. If you're not familiar with Greenwood Roadway, it's time you become acquainted with a now bygone piece of Iowa history.
It was the 1960s and Iowa was on the map in a big way with racing enthusiasts
Greenwood Roadway was a 3-mile sports car racing track which is located in Indianola on Highway 65. At the time it was built, much like today, the track was miles and miles from an urban community. But that didn't stop it from gaining huge attention upon its completion.
The track lives on in a video game... sort of
The popular PlayStation racing franchise Gran Turismo features a track called "Deep Forest". This track mimics the precise layout Iowa's Greenwood Roadway had.
You can see the full Greenwood course layout here.
Today, very little remains of the original course. From space, you can see the track skeleton. Other than this, 'no trespassing' signs adorn a gate and block the general public's attempt to see a slice of Iowa history.
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