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The Arrival of the Railroad / L'Arrivée du Chemin de Fer

 
 
The Arrival of the Railroad / L'Arrivée du Chemin de Fer Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2018
1. The Arrival of the Railroad / L'Arrivée du Chemin de Fer Marker
Inscription.

The City of Newport's development was dramatically altered by the arrival of the railroad in the mid-nineteenth century. From the south, in 1863, the Connecticut and Passumpsic Railroad arrived in Newport. In 1873, a second line, the Missisquoi and Clyde Rivers Railroad Company (also known as the "Southeastern") connected Newport with Richford to the west. By 1887, a chain of railroads from Vermont's southern border followed the Connecticut River and connected with others in Newport to form part of the Boston and Maine Railroad. The railroad supported both of Newport's primary industries: lumber and tourism. The large lumberyards and dressing mills in the area profited greatly from the increased transport possibilities, allowing lumber to be shipped throughout the country. Tourism, while firmly established before the railroad, flourished with its arrival. Residents of the growing industrial centers flocked to Newport by rail for healthful vacations or en route to other destinations. Hotels located along the lakefront and on Main Street housed these visitors and travelers. While the railroad brought many travelers to Newport, it also was a bit detrimental to the city's tourism as visitors would complain about noise and soot generated by the trains.

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• Union Station circa early

The Arrival of the Railroad / L'Arrivée du Chemin de Fer Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2018
2. The Arrival of the Railroad / L'Arrivée du Chemin de Fer Marker
1900's

• Train with salmon fishing on the lakefront circa early 1900's

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Le développement de la ville de Newport a été grandement modifié par l'arrivée du chemin de fer au milieu du 19e siècle. En 1863, venant du sud, le Connecticut and Passumpsic Railroad, [arrivait] à Newport. Puis, en 1873, une deuxième ligne, le Missisquoi and Clyde Rivers Railroad Company (connu, aussi, sous le nom de « Southeastern ») reliait Newport avec Richford à l'ouest. En 1887, un réseau de voies ferrées, partant de la frontière sud du Vermont, longeait la rivière Connecticut et venait se connecter avec d'autres voies ferrées à Newport pour former le Boston and Maine Railroad. Le chemin de fer a contribué au soutien des deux industries principales de Newport : le bois et le tourisme. Les grandes cours à bois et les moulins à scie de la région ont largement profité de ce développement des possibilités de transport, puisque cela a permis l'expédition du bois à la grandeur du pays. Le tourisme, bien établi avant la venue du chemin de fer, a connu un grand essor avec son arrivée. Les résidents des centres industriels grandissants venaient par train en grand nombre à Newport pour y passer leurs vancances de santé ou pour se rendre vers d'autres

The Arrival of the Railroad / L'Arrivée du Chemin de Fer Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2018
3. The Arrival of the Railroad / L'Arrivée du Chemin de Fer Marker
Looking north, with railroad tracks at right
destinations. Des hôtels, situés sur les abords du lac et sur la rue Principale, hébergeaient ces visiteurs et voyageurs. Bien que le chemin de fer ait amené plusieurs voyageurs à Newport, les visiteurs se plaignaient du bruit et de la suie produits par les trains, au détriment de l'industrie du tourisme de la ville.

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• La « Union Station » (La Gare de l'Union) circa early 1900's

• Un train servant à la pêche au saumon au bord du lac circa early 1900's
 
Erected by Memphremagog Historical Society. (Marker Number 4.)
 
Location. 44° 56.209′ N, 72° 12.38′ W. Marker is in Newport, Vermont, in Orleans County. Marker is on Causeway Street (U.S. 5) near Main Street (U.S. 5), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Pomerleau Park, Newport VT 05855, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pomerleau Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Tour Boats on the Lake / Les Bateaux de Randonnée sur le Lac (within shouting distance of this marker); Newport's Hotels and Tourism / Les Hotels de Newport et le Tourisme (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lane Opera House / Le « Lane Opera House » (about 400 feet away); Northern Forest Canoe Trail (about 600 feet away); Early 19th Century Newport / Newport au dèbut du 19e siècle (about 600 feet away); War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
 
Also see . . .  Historical Walking Tour of Newport, Vt. Brochure. (Submitted on August 30, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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