Portsmouth Raceway Park (PRP) was once a camping ground for the Shawnee Indians and other tribes. On June 3, 1799 the town Alexandria was plotted out. Eventually, many floods forced the people from the land. During the years 1813 and 1814, one by one the settlers moved to higher ground, settling in what is now Portsmouth. As the years passed, this abandoned area was converted into farmland. In the 1970’s, Boone Coleman farmed this same land.