Originally a 1 mile dirt track for trotting races, Readville was opened in about 1900 on the west shore of the Neponset River (now Meadow Street in Hyde Park). The first auto races were held in 1902. Following a fatal accident in 1936, the AAA ordered that the track be oiled by an "asphalt emulsion", and racing continued until 1938, when a hurricane severely damaged the grandstands and washed away part of the track. The track was used as an emergency landing strip during World War II, and later became the site of a grocery warehouse.