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Newark in Licking County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Interurban Railway

 
 
The Interurban Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 2, 2022
1. The Interurban Railway Marker
Inscription.  
"The cars I recall were quite large, not unlike a steam railroad coach, and painted dark red except for one wonderful yellow car, when I was a tiny child." Minnie Hite Moody's memories of the Newark and Granville Electric Road paint a vivid picture of the interurban railway. Already in operation for ten years when the was born in 1900, the interurban changed the way people traveled between cities and helped give rise to the modern commuter.

As the first interurban connection in the United States, the Newark-Granville line was an incredible achievement. A trip on the interurban was not to be forgotten, as told by Minnie. "Whether it was the peculiar rocking motion of the car or the ever-present smell of burned electricity, I cannot say, but while I never got sick on the steam cars, I usually distinguished myself on every ride on the electric railroad by throwing up."

Reinhard Scheidler, the founder of Scheidler Machine Works and builder of our museum building, was a member of the Board of Directors and served as president of the Newark and Granville Electric Road.

1890
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trip between two cities on an interurban railway in the United States occurred between Newark and Granville.

1900
The Hewett Car Company made interurban cars in Newark from 1900 until 1918.

1918

1929
1929 was the last year for interurban service to Newark.

The Jewett Car Company made interurban cars in Newark from 1900 until 1918 and there are still several surviving Jewett cars around the United States in San Francisco, cars 130 and 162 are both Jewett cars that were built in Newark in 1914 and still operate as part of the San Francisco Municipal Railway.

Many towns utilized existing buildings to serve as stations along the interurban line. This photo shows an interurban station in Hebron, Ohio, which was located on the northwest corner of North High Street and West Main Street.

Guess what?
You can step inside a restored Jewett interurban car in our courtyard.

Picture yourself zooming through Blackhand Gorge tunnel or taking in the scenery as you pass through Cherry Valley on the way to Granville!
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
 
Location. 40° 3.424′ N, 82° 23.955′ W. Marker is in Newark, Ohio, in Licking County
The Interurban Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 2, 2022
2. The Interurban Railway Marker
. Marker is at the intersection of South 2nd Street and East Market Street, on the right when traveling north on South 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 42 S 2nd St, Newark OH 43055, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroads (here, next to this marker); The Interstate Highway System (a few steps from this marker); Ohio & Erie Canal (a few steps from this marker); In loving memory of Herbert A. Odle (a few steps from this marker); The National Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Newark Native Jerryie Mock (within shouting distance of this marker); Footpaths & Waterways (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Streetscape & History Walk (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 12, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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