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Israelite House of David - The Midget Autos on the Circular Track

         

There were two men who started and built the cars.  One name of Clauson started the project and was replaced by Hans L. Dalager who is seated in this car.  Hans traveled with the baseball team and was Lloyd's father.  When the baseball came to an end Hans took over the cars and improved the engines.

Miniature attractions were popular with park visitors.  While the miniature trains were the biggest draw at Eden Springs Park several other miniature attractions were also developed.

At the eastern end of the Eden Springs Valley colonists constructed a circular racetrack and built a fleet of miniature gas powered autos.  For decades these little cars produced a steady income and were a popular attraction for park visitors.

The above photo is at the bottom of the ravine to the West.  A small Gold Fish Pond was just before the entrance.  This was a circular track that was pored by Victor Larson for the Midget Autos.  There were two men who started and built the cars.  One name of Clauson started the project and was replaced by Hans L. Dalager who is seated in this car.  Hans traveled with the baseball team and was Lloyd's father.  When the baseball came to an end Hans took over the cars and improved the engines.

At the eastern end of the Eden Springs Valley colonists constructed a circular racetrack and built a fleet of miniature gas powered autos.  For decades these little cars produced a steady income and were a popular attraction for park visitors.

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Many young boys got a job helping out.  Every boy knew which car was the fastest.  They loved to race on the circular track.  It was a great attraction in the park.

Many young boys got a job helping out.  Every boy knew which car was the fastest.  They loved to race on the circular track.  It was a great attraction in the park.

These little autos also provided advertisement for the park as frequent participants in the famous annual Blossom Parade along with the prize winning House of David floats.

These little autos also provided advertisement for the park as frequent participants in the famous annual Blossom Parade along with the prize winning House of David floats.

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