The Medford Historical Register Volume 6

The Medford Historical Register Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...cents. Prior to July 1, 1845, the Boston & Maine had sent its cars from Andover to Boston, via the Wilmington Junction & Lowell Road, but a more direct route through Malden being in the process of construction, six of Medford's progressive citizens, foreseeing the advantage that would accrue to the town if a branch were built from the centre to connect with it, petitioned the Legislature for a charter, which was granted March 7, 1845, and required the road to be built within two years. A heated discussion arose among the citizens as to which side of the river the road should be constructed. After the present location was agreed upon and the work was commenced, there were found to be forty-three persons, who either owned land through which the road was to pass, or who fancied their property would suffer by its construction, and were unwilling to accept the award of damages made by the Boston & Maine Corporation, which owned the charter. Appeal was made to the County Commissioners, who, to adjust the disagreement, held a meeting at the Medford House, August 10, 1846. The road was completed and the first train went over it, as we suppose, early in March, 1847. According to a time table issued October 4 of that year, trains were run as follows: From Boston at 7 A.m., 12 M., Persistent effort by the writer and others to ascertain the exact date has been of no avail. 2/4, % aRd 6 P.m. From Medford at 7 and 8% A.m., 1V, 3 % and 5 P.m., with an extra train on Saturday from Medford at 6/2 and from Boston at 9 P.m. One year later there were seven trains each way. Single fares were twelve cents, but, by the hundred, tickets were sold at first for $8, later for $10, and in 1851, for $11.25. John F. Sanborn was the first conductor. Several...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236854241
  • 9781236854247