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Deerfield debated the trolley for months before it was put into place. This article summarizes the arguments for and against it. The main objections were aesthetic: that a trolley would violate the peace and serenity of "The Street," the main thoroughfare in Old Deerfield. Others argued that the trolley was important for the town's future prosperity. Alternate routes were proposed, but in the end the railroad commissioners approved the route through the center of town and the trolley-line was built. It ran until 1924, when the rapid proliferation of automobiles contributed to the end of the company.


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"Deerfield Electric Road"

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
date   Feb 24, 1900
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L02.168

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Reasons in Favor or Against the Trolley Route in Deerfield

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