THE PEOPLE’S AUTOMOBILE Vol. 3

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Take a fun and picturesque journey through Ohio’s interurban past and revisit transportation life as it once was. Hundreds of rare photos from the earliest days of electric rail are published here for the first time. See the birth, heyday and abandonment of interurban lines across the state. Included are photos of the Lake Shore Electric, Southwestern Division, Cleveland & Chagrin Falls and the Cleveland & Eastern Railway systems. This exclusive collection is the largest and most unique portfolio ever published. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this book will leave you speechless. 

Between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most towns and villages around the country had an electric railroad system. Before the invention of the automobile, some 17 million people rode this new form of transportation daily. Fun destinations such as Euclid Beach Park, Cedar Point, Luna Park and other locations became family and company getaways. These machines allowed people to live farther from their homes and jobs, connecting cities and suburbs. 

The age in which these lines ran was between the 1890’s and 1950’s. It is the author’s desire to rekindle some memories and present Ohio’s interurban (trolley) electric railroad history in a new light. Where ever you lived, your town was on board. 

This unique, 12 chapter, 102 page (8.5 x11) photo book takes the reader across Ohio as communities and rural towns were beginning to grow. Captions provide detailed analysis for each photo. The authors focus is on the people who rode these lines and the employees who operated them. 

Dr. Dan Rager is the author and a Geauga County rail historian. This is his third book in a series that augments his first two books on Geauga County’s Maple Leaf Route. Rager is professor of music at Cleveland State University and has over 250 published works exceeding 190 counties. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

People – Construction – Location, Location, Location – Powerhouses – Accidents – Weather – Second Chances – What Happened To It? – Destination (Cleveland’s early beginnings) – End of the Line – Interurban System Maps – Glossary 

Available from the Maple Leaf Publishing Co., or online at: Lulu.com, after July 1st, 2020. 

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