Union Course was a famous race track of the 1830's -1840's - 1850's era
when western Long Island, except for Brooklyn, was still "the country."
Following the Civil War as the early suburbs of Brooklyn and Manhattan
expanded outward onto Long Island, the race track fell to "progress" and
was replaced by housing developments. The name Union Course was kept for
the new community.
Union Course was located in the old Town of Jamaica, Queens County, L.I.
west of the village of Jamaica. On a modern map it would be the area of
Richmond Hill-Woodhaven of the Borough of Queens.
I'm not sure when the tern "Union Course" fell out of use, but I think it
was used into the early 20th century.
Currier & Ives did many of their horse and racing prints at Union Course
in the years before the Civil War.
On Mon, 28 Apr 1997, Kathy Shouse wrote:
> My father's baptism certificate indicates that he lived at 70 Johnson Ave, > Union Course. Can anyone tell me where Union Course is located? Is it a > section of Brooklyn? > > Thanks for your help! > Kathy Jost Shouse > firstname.lastname@example.org > >