Rockingham Park

Michael Brindley

This week marks the end of an era in Salem.

After opening its doors 110 years ago, Rockingham Park closes Wednesday.

Live horse racing ended at the iconic track in 2010, and the park was considered a potential site for New Hampshire’s first casino.

Amanda Loder / NHPR

  Rockingham Park will close at the end of the summer. 

Ted Siefer / for NHPR

Earlier this session, the state Senate voted — once again — to reject a casino gambling bill. The move prompted the owners of Rockingham Park, the expected site for a casino, to at long last put the former horse-racing track on the market.

The news has not gone over well at the storied institution, where the regulars make up a small but committed bunch.

Leslie Jones, 1933 / Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library

A 110-year-old New Hampshire racetrack has been put up for sale.

Ed Callahan, general manager of Rockingham Park in Salem, says the decision was made after over 20 year of trying to obtain alternative forms of gaming or casino gambling. 

Leslie Jones, 1933 / Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library

This week, NHPR has been taking a close look at what a casino would mean for the town of Salem, a likely location for a gambling establishment.  On Wednesday, the House voted down the idea of expanded gaming.  We end our series today with a look back at the best—and worst—times The Rock has faced.

Amanda Loder / NHPR

Millennium Gaming brought leaders from Washington County, Pennsylvania to Concord to tout the benefits of a casino to lawmakers at a lunch meeting today.  Millennium runs The Meadows casino and racetrack in Washington.  If New Hampshire allows a casino at Rockingham Park, Millennium would develop it.