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Contributed by: Dyer Library Archives / Saco Museum
Date: circa 1920
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Location: Old Orchard Beach
Media: Glass Negative
Trolleys were the cleanest and most efficient means of mass transit Maine has ever known.
Many different types of trolley cars -- for different weather, different uses, and different locations -- were in use in Maine between 1895-1940. The "field guide" explains what each type looked like and how it was used.
At the heyday of trolleys in Maine, many of the trolley companies developed recreational facilities along or at the end of trolley lines as one further way to encourage ridership. The parks often had walking paths, dance pavilions, and various other entertainments. Cutting-edge technology came together with a thirst for adventure and forever changed social dynamics in the process.
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Riverside Park Bangor, Hampden and Winterport trolley, Hampden, ca. 1900 Item 28024 infoHampden Historical Society
Like the railroads, trolley lines connected with one another, allowing passengers to travel greater distances.