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P1424

West Front Street Trolley Scene, circa 1900s.


The first trolley (electric streetcar) came to Plainfield on August 9, 1892 replacing most of the city's mule-drawn vehicles. A front page Plainfield Evening News article described a large crowd of people lining up along Front Street to witness its maiden voyage. "The car is handsome, but small, and is finished in Royal Blue." There were two newspapers in town that battled heatedly about whether the trolleys were desirable or dangerous. The Constitutionalist ran an article "Triumphant at Last” on August 18, 1892 saying "Swift and safe transportation is at last an assured reality. The cars are noiseless and luxurious."

The Plainfield Postcard Collection contains 2,000 postcards with 1,000 unique images. The Chase collection and the Ricketts collection make up the core of the Llibrary's holdings, depicting Plainfield in the early 1900s.  

Learn more about transportation in Plainfield through the Library's On The Move online exhibit.

Image: Part of the Chase Postcard Collection, P-1424.

 

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