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Tourism and Changes in Transportation

Harry Carr's Second Jitney, Sanford, ca 1914

Harry Carr's Second Jitney, Sanford, ca 1914

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Sanford Historical Committee

In 1900, the Mack brothers of New York opened a bus manufacturing plant. They had previously built horse-drawn carriages and wagons, then moved to steam- and electric-powered motor cars.

Their first "motorized wagon" was a 20-passenger, 40-horsepower bus. The development of buses meant public transportation could offer flexible routes without expensive street modifications.

Communities throughout Maine added buses -- often privately operated -- to their transportation systems, even as trolleys continued.


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