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Auto Racing in Maine: 1911

Motor Coachmen and their Stanley Cars, Poland Spring, 1911

Motor Coachmen and their Stanley Cars, Poland Spring, 1911

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Three motor coachmen in identical road gear stand with their cars in front of the garage at the Poland Spring Resort in 1911.

The cars are nine-passenger Stanley Mountain Wagons, powered by 30 hp steam engines, the forerunners of modern-day passenger buses.

The Ricker family of Poland Springs owned three of these large vehicles to take guests and their luggage up the long climb from the railroad depot 6 1/2 miles away to the Poland Spring Hotels.

Operating early motor cars over Maine roads for paying customers was a challenging job, and these early chauffeurs shared a special camaraderie.


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