Hello history fans! As Charleston locals were raising money to build a school, sporting men were gambling on the horses at the Charleston race track. This is a special tie in for this author, as I participated in the first ever motocross race at Nomad’s race track in the 1970s, on the Charleston road and but miles from the original Charleston racetrack.

Charleston races

JOHN D. ROSE has lived in Sierra Vista and its area since 1966 and has published seven books, numerous articles on his website, WyattEarpExplorers.com, and has been featured in Arizona Highways, worked as consulting editor to Wild West Magazine, and appeared on the Voice of America, among others. His books can be found at the Sierra Vista, Bisbee and Benson Ace Hardware stores. Most importantly, he was once carrier of the month as a Herald/Dispatch paper boy in his younger days.