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The New Trolley

The New Trolley

Norwalk, Ohio, somewhere between 1885 and 1905. What appears to be a new trolley service in front of the county courthouse. The side of the trolley reads: East Chestnut via Water St. From my grandfather's collection. View full size.

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I'm quite familiar with this photo, although I have never seen such a sharp, clear version of it. It's beautiful. A few words on the caption: The photo was taken on August 15, 1893 and shows the first electric car to arrive in Norwalk. The car was from the People's Electric Railway, a streetcar line in Sandusky. The "East Chestnut via Water St." refers to one of the routes in Sandusky. In 1893, the owners of the People's railway built one of the first interurbans in the nation, the Sandusky, Milan & Norwalk Electric Railway. In 1901 the SM&N became part of the Lake Shore Electric Railway. The building directly in the background is the Huron County courthouse, which still exists. Thank you for sharing this.

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