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Mentor in Lake County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Railroad Connection

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 9, 2011
1. Railroad Connection Marker
Inscription.
This dirt lane once led to the farm's northern fields and the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad tracks, about 3/4 mile from here.

During the 1880 presidential campaign, the railroad ran special trains that stopped at Garfield's Farm. From this special train stop, thousands of supporters walked up this lane to listen to speeches by Congressman James A. Garfield - the Republican candidate for President of the United States.

[Photo 1 caption reads] Locomotive Number 53 of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad with one mail car and two passenger cars - the type that James Garfield rode in 1880.

[Photo 2 caption reads] The historic lane, c. 1900. This lane ran to the northern end of the farm where the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad had a right-of-way through Garfield's property.

[Photo 3 caption reads] The New York Herald printed the map of "The Garfield Farm" on September 26, 1881. The probable route of the historic lane has been added in red.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 39.954′ N, 81° 21.064′ W. Marker is in Mentor, Ohio, in Lake County. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of James A. Garfield National Historic Site.
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 9, 2011
2. Railroad Connection Marker
Looking north
Marker is at or near this postal address: 8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor OH 44060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Garfield's Farm (a few steps from this marker); James A. Garfield and the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Lawnfield (within shouting distance of this marker); James A. Garfield's "Lawnfield" (within shouting distance of this marker); Gasholder Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carriage House (about 400 feet away); Windmill (about 500 feet away); Campaign Office (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mentor.
 
Also see . . .
1. James A. Garfield National Historic Site. (Submitted on November 4, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway Company (1913). (Submitted on November 4, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. James Abram Garfield at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on September 16, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Photo 1 on Railroad Connection Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1880
3. Photo 1 on Railroad Connection Marker
Photo 2 on Railroad Connection Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1900
4. Photo 2 on Railroad Connection Marker
Photo 3 on Railroad Connection Marker image. Click for full size.
By New York Herald, September 26, 1881
5. Photo 3 on Railroad Connection Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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