Tuesday, September 30, 2014

1914 Trolley crossing remembered

The first trolley crosses the Penobscot River from Brewer to Bangor in 1914
Photo: Dick Shaw collection via Bangor Daily News
  During the recent re-construction of West Market Square in Bangor, Maine workers replaced water and sewer lines.  Some of those lines dated to the end of the U S Civil War!  While doing that they also had to remove some old trolley tracks.  That set in motion a remembrance of the old Trolley System.
  The Electric trolley system included Bangor, Hampden and Old Town but the citizens of Brewer on the other side of the Penobscot River were stranded.  When a new bridge was built to replace an older bridge lost in a flood the opportunity came to cross the river.
  People in Brewer who worked in Bangor or visa versa had to walk long distances.  In the summer the Bon Ton Ferry crossed back and forth, but in winter they walked across the bridge or ice on the frozen river.
  Read more: http://bangordailynews.com/2014/09/28/living/blogs-and-columns-living/trolley-crossing-united-bangor-brewer-in-1914/
A section of the old trolley track removed this past summer.
Photo: Nick McCrea, Bangor Daily News

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