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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Local Transportation History

In just a few months, Canobie Lake Park will be opening for the 2015 season. Did you know that the Park originally was built to keep trolley cars running on the weekends? Here's a short video that explains trolleys and the origins of the park:

One of the volumes of Salem, NH history published in the "Images of America" series, also covers trolleys and the park: Salem, NH: Trolleys, Canobie Lake, and Rockingham Park (by Douglas W. Seed and Katherine Khalife) [974.2 SAL].

If you'd like to learn more about streetcars (an alternate term for trolleys) in our area we have another in the "Images of America" series called Manchester Streetcars by O. M. Cummings [974.2 CUM], and, A Diary of the Portsmouth, Kittery, and York Electric Railroad: A Chronology of Events Based on Newspaper Accounts, Editorials, News Notes and Letters to the Editor from January 8, 1897 to November 12, 1897 by John D. Bardwell [385.09 BAR]. A history of Massachusetts streetcars can be found in From Boston to the Berkshires: A Pictorial Review of Electric Transportation in Massachusetts by Stephen P. Carlson [388.46 CAR].

The National Streetcar Museum, is located not far over the border in Lowell, MA. Plan a daytrip to Lowell, or to its other location, the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME, after the snow has been cleared from the tracks!

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