From the Richmond Whig, 2/1/1862, p. 3, c. 2
THE OLD FAIR GROUNDS. - The proposition to erect warehouses, for the storage of tobacco, at the Old Fair grounds, is not likely to meet with much favor from the citizens of the "west end." The consummation of the scheme would probably introduce an element of bustle and tumult in that now quiet and suburban portion of the metropolis, which would not be very agreeable, perhaps, to those who appreciate and enjoy their retired residence. The rumble of wagons and drays, and vociferations of negro-drivers, would dispel the quietude which prevails in the vicinity of the Fair grounds and the streets leading thereto. There would be no "rumbling" of course, on the unpaved street, but the frequent transit of heavy wagons would require that the carriage ways should be paved or kept in constant repair, to avoid stalling. Nevertheless, we believe that if the owners of teams, "the mule power," as it is called, (and they are greatly interested,) would unite with the tobacco trade in urging this remarkable scheme, their combined influence might induce the Council to concede the use of the grounds, which were purchased for, and designed to be used, as a public park.