North Hampton in Clark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Springﬁeld, Troy, & Piqua Electric Railway
Asa Bushnell, former Governor of Ohio, encouraged by the light grade of the land, decided to establish the Springfield, Troy, and Piqua Railway (ST&P) in July 1904. The interurban traction line utilized sixty-pound rail and traveled over only one bridge. With direct current electricity generated in Springfield, the ST&P used four double-ended fifty-foot cars, each with a railroad roof, arch windows, GE-57 engines, and fifty-horsepower motors. The ST&P traveled from Springfield's Fountain Square to Maitland, Hill Top, Lawrenceville, Bushnell, North Hampton, Dialton, Thackery, Proctors, Christiansburg, Brights, and Casstown and ended at Troy's North Market Street Bridge. Later rights were granted to travel over the Great Miami River into Troy in conjunction with the Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton Railway. The northwest right-of-way from Casstown to Piqua was secured but never built.
Many people preferred the interurban traction lines over steam engines. They were quieter and smokeless, did not produce harmful sparks, and reached speeds of over sixty miles per hour. Passengers could flag down the train and board at Detrick's Hardware Store in central North Hampton, where the route went from Lawrenceville to Bushnell, before turning northwest and crossing Donnel's Creek
Erected 2006 by North Hampton Subway and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-12.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 59.438′ N, 83° 56.54′ W. Marker is in North Hampton, Ohio, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of Troy Road (Ohio Route 41) and Donnel's Creek, on the right when traveling west on Troy Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Hampton OH 45349, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. North Hampton Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vale Veterans Memorial In Memory of Those Men Who Died in the Battle of Piqua (approx. 5½ miles away); Tecumseh (approx. 5.7 miles away); Battle of Piqua (approx. 5.8 miles away); Tremont City Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); General George Rogers Clark / Tecumseh (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Keifer Cabin Site (approx. 5.8 miles away).
1. Motors, Not Engines
Note this marker erroneously lists the GE-57 as an “engine.” An electrically powered car does not have engines, it has motors. The GE-57 was a fifty horsepower “motor” used in electric street railways of the day.
— Submitted February 20, 2009, by Clifford R. Scholes of Beavercreek, Ohio.
2. Railway Name is in Error
The corporate name of the railway was Springfield, Troy & Piqua Electric Railway. There should be no comma after the word Troy. This error appears on both sides of the marker.
Categories. • 20th Century • Industry & Commerce • Notable Persons • Railroads & Streetcars •
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