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The Modern Age: Electric Trolley

Area 8

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 20, 2019
1. The Modern Age: Electric Trolley Marker
Inscription.  In 1908, Medina saw a new and modern mode of transportation arrive - the electric trolley. Originally known as the Buffalo, Lockport & Rochester Railway, the line paralleled the Railroad to Salt Works Road, crossed West Center Street along the canal.

The influential residents of West Center Street protested the laying of track on their stately and quiet residential street. This resulted in a reroute to Commercial Street where actual riots broke out at the news. Alas, the working residents of that street lacked power and influence, and the reroute was set. The line ran on Commercial and Main Streets to the four corners, turning east on East Center Street. There were stops at 420 Main Street at what was then Callaghan & Sutter's Store, and at a depot on East Center Street. Passengers could travel east to Rochester or west to Buffalo and point beyond. Looking to capitalize on this new fascination, the Medina Village Trustees actually gave permission to have trolley service on several village streets in the early 1900's. How fashionable that would have been! That plan , however, did not materialize. The line provided service for many years
The Modern Age: Electric Trolley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 20, 2019
2. The Modern Age: Electric Trolley Marker
Northward view.
but use began to dwindle by the late 1920's. With increasing competition from automobiles and trucks, the line ceased service at midnight on April 30, 1931.

Laying track on North Main Street for the Buffalo, Lockport & Rochester Railway. Trolleys at four corners in downtown Medina. Above: laying track for the Buffalo, Lockport & Rochester Railway on Commercial Street. At right, the Trolley depot on East Center Street.

Albert L. Swett: Medina's Electricity Tycoon
Albert Lewis Swett, was born in 1850, one of 14 children - 6 of which survived to adulthood. When the Civil War broke out his father and his older brother enlisted in the army, leaving his mother and four children to carry on the farm work. Albert was the eldest of the four at only age eleven. At age 15, Albert L. Sweet took a job as a grocery clerk. He went on to many successful ventures including the A.L. Sweet Iron Works and A. L. Sweet Electric Light & Power Company. Creating and harnessing the power of Medina's Glenwood Lake and Waterport's Lake Alice, Sweet's company provided electricity for not only Medina and his factories but the surrounding villages of Albion, Holley, Brockport, Lyndonville, Somerset and Barker. A.L. Sweet died in 1924.
 
Location. 43° 13.208′ N, 78° 23.207′ W. Marker is in Medina, New
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York, in Orleans County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (New York State Route 63) and East Center Street (New York State Route 31), on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 509 Main Street, Medina NY 14103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bent's Opera House - 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); Medina Sandstone (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frederick Douglass (about 300 feet away); The Last Blacksmith Shop in Orleans County (about 400 feet away); Medina Fire Department (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Historic Medina (about 500 feet away); On This Site Circa 1919 Alonzo L. Waters (about 500 feet away); Earliest Church (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Medina.
 
Also see . . .  Buffalo, Lockport & Rochester Railroad - Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 21, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 21, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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