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Deerfield people were not against the trolley itself. Their argument was where the tracks should be laid - down the main street or to the west next to the railroad tracks that were already there. This list of "in favor" and "against" the route through the town street lists 13 reasons for the town street route and 17 against. Emma Lewis Coleman (1853-1942), who lived in Boston and Deerfield, wrote up the list. She was sure that if the trolley came down Deerfield's main street "the most beautiful street in N.E. [would be] ruined." The track was laid down the main street and opened in December of 1901.


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Reasons in Favor or Against the Trolley Route in Deerfield

creator   Emma Lewis Coleman (1853-1942)
date   c. 1900
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   9.25"
width   8.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Public Announcements/Roster
accession #   #L99.118

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Petition to Selectmen of Deerfield regarding trolley

Letter to George Sheldon regarding trolley

Deerfield Inn and Trolley

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