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Reasons in Favor or Against the Trolley Route in Deerfield

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Deerfield, Massachusetts, citizens were not against the trolley itself, but argued over the route it should take - down the town's history-laden main street or alongside the existing railroad tracks to the west. Emma Lewis Coleman, who lived in Boston and Deerfield, drew up this list that included thirteen reasons in favor of the main street "home-lot route" and seventeen against. She was convinced that if the trolley came down Deerfield's main street the result would be "the most beautiful street in N.E. [New England] ruined." The track was eventually laid down the main street and opened in December 1901.


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