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Park Square: 1906

Park Square: 1906

1906. "Park Square -- Pittsfield, Massachusetts." The bronze soldier was cast from Civil War cannon barrels. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Berkshire Bank ... on Park Square

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I believe it is the end of the line. In the background, it looks like two lines come together there, if so, the trams would come in on one line, and out the other. And since catenary for other trolley lines is visible in the foreground of the photo, I would surmise that this is probably also a junction for multiple lines.

End of the line.

Time to flip the trolley pole.

End of the line?

Noticed that the carriages have rail-type wheels. But the track seems so have disappeared under the streetcar in the foreground.

Features still Remain

Trolley Accident

I poked around Pittsfield on Google Street View and it appears to have a thriving and historic downtown. Back in 1902, however, the following took place according to Wikipedia:

On September 3, 1902, at 10:15 am, during a two-week tour through New England campaigning for Republican congressmen, the barouche (a horse-drawn carriage) transporting President Theodore Roosevelt from downtown Pittsfield to the Pittsfield Country Club collided head-on with a trolley. Roosevelt, Massachusetts Governor Winthrop Murray Crane, secretary to the president George Bruce Cortelyou, and bodyguard William Craig were thrown into the street. Craig was killed; he was the first Secret Service agent killed while on a presidential protection detail. Roosevelt, whose face and left shin were badly bruised, nearly came to blows with the trolley motorman, Euclid Madden. Madden was later charged with manslaughter, to which he pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to six months in jail and a heavy fine.

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