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Lower Station: 1908

Lower Station: 1908

Holyoke, Massachusetts, circa 1908. "Lower station, Mount Tom Railway." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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25 cents is just for the ride up and down the mountain and the facilities at the top. It's 5 cents each way extra to ride the trolley cars in the photo from the Holyoke Post Office or even the nearest auto road, even more from other more distant places. Round trip from Springfield, Mass. to the top of the mountain is 55 cents.


Considering that the going wage for a 10 hour day in 1908 was about $1, a roundtrip ticket to the top of the mountain costing 25 cents, was about two hour's worth of wages. A family of four making the trip used up an entire day's wages.

Love the trolley and railroad photos

Thanks Dave - always a pleasure to view railway pics. If anyone is interested, there is a site for this one.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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