Why Daniel Field?

A little known piece of Daniel Field’s history involves polo horses. The airport’s history traces back 90 years to a non-descript 300 acres, which was purchased for $110,000 by Augusta. The purchase was led by then-Augusta Mayor Raleigh H. Daniel and stirred a tempest of local ridicule, which ultimately led to the end of Mr. Daniel’s tenure as mayor. It also spurred other uses for the property, and in 1930 officials leased part of the acreage for polo matches. The matches continued for seven years, ending when the runways were paved and the ponies had to be moved out. To this day, construction crews find remnants of the polo days, including horseshoes, at Daniel Field. Source: Augusta Chronicle Archives


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