Keywords: Electric trolleys
Historical ItemsView All Showing 2 of 421
Electric railroad route map, ca. 1933
Contributed by: Seashore Trolley Museum Date: circa 1933 Location: Portland; Falmouth; Yarmouth; Cumberland Media: Ink on paper
Trolleys on Main Street, Saco, ca. 1920
Contributed by: Dyer Library/Saco Museum Date: circa 1920 Location: Saco Media: Photographic print
Brunswick to Bath electric railroads, ca. 1937
Contributed by: Seashore Trolley Museum Date: circa 1937 Location: Bath; Brunswick Media: Ink on paper
Architecture & LandscapeView All Showing 2 of 2
David A. Calhoun house, Cape Elizabeth, 1904
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1904 Location: Cape Elizabeth Client: David A. Calhoun Architect: John Calvin Stevens
Cape Cottage Park, Cape Elizabeth, ca. 1925
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1924–1926 Location: Cape Elizabeth Client: Cape Cottage Park Company Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects
Online ExhibitsView All Showing 2 of 13
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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John Martin: Expert Observer - First electric railroad car in Bangor, 1889
John Martin (1823-1904), an accountant and shopkeeper, first saw the electric railroad in operation on July 4, 1889 and drew this illustration of it.
Presque Isle: The Star City - Aroostook Valley Railroad Trestle, ca. 1910
These trolleys were used until 1946 when diesel engines were used. View additional information about this item on the Maine Memory Network.
My Maine StoriesView All Showing 1 of 1
Monument Square 1967
by C. Michael Lewis
The background story and research behind a commissioned painting of Monument Square.
Lesson PlansView All Showing 1 of 1
Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride Companion Curriculum
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8
Content Area: Social Studies
These lesson plans were developed by Maine Historical Society for the Seashore Trolley Museum as a companion curriculum for the historical fiction YA novel "Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride" by Jean. M. Flahive (2019). The novel tells the story of Millie Thayer, a young girl who dreams of leaving the family farm, working in the city, and fighting for women's suffrage. Millie's life begins to change when a "flying carpet" shows up in the form of an electric trolley that cuts across her farm and when a fortune-teller predicts that Millie's path will cross that of someone famous. Suddenly, Millie finds herself caught up in events that shake the nation, Maine, and her family. The lesson plans in this companion curriculum explore a variety of topics including the history of the trolley use in early 20th century Maine, farm and rural life at the turn of the century, the story of Theodore Roosevelt and his relationship with Maine, WWI, and the flu pandemic of 1918-1920.