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Newtown in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Paxson-Croasdale Building & Trolley

Newtown Heritage Walk No. 30

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
1. Paxson-Croasdale Building & Trolley Marker
Inscription.
The Croasdale building, located at 2-4 South State Street, was built in 1853. This building was the center of Newtown's commercial activities, housing dry goods stores, the First National Bank and several lodges. During the Civil War, the front of the third floor was used exclusively for the making of infantry topcoats by women of the community.

In the bottom photo at left, note the sign at left advertising Hutchinson's railway express business, where trolley and taxi tickets were sold. The trolley stopped at this intersection each day on its route, making this building the first place many people saw during their visits to Newtown.

The Newtown Electric Street Railway Company electric trolley operated from 1897 to 1923. At the turn of the century, hourly trolley service was offered to Doylestown, Langhorne, Bristol and Trenton via Yardley, all of which supplemented the considerable rail service to Philadelphia. With railroad connections, one could reach New York in just over two hours.

Trolleys were equipped with wooden benches and a potbelly stove to keep passengers warm. Not known for the smoothest of rides, trolleys were also equipped with a sandbox in the rear as an aid for slippery rails and motion sickness. The advent of the automobile brought the trolley era to a close by 1923. The building still
Paxson-Croasdale Building & Trolley Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
2. Paxson-Croasdale Building & Trolley Marker
serves as an important retail center today.
 
Erected 2007 by Stuckert and Yates and Newtown Heritage Association.
 
Location. 40° 13.749′ N, 74° 56.213′ W. Marker is in Newtown, Pennsylvania, in Bucks County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street and Washington Avenue, on the right when traveling south on State Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2-4 S. State Street, Newtown PA 18940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Temperance House (within shouting distance of this marker); Brick Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Newtown War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Newtown Borough Hall (about 300 feet away); Newtown - County Seat (about 400 feet away); The First National Bank (about 400 feet away); Newtown Common & Creek (about 500 feet away); Half-Moon Inn (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newtown.
 
Also see . . .  Newtown Heritage Walk. (Submitted on June 30, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Paxson-Croasdale Building
Jeremiah Woolston Robert Croasdale
Photo on Paxson-Croasdale Bldg & Trolley Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
3. Photo on Paxson-Croasdale Bldg & Trolley Marker
[Caption reads] View of the Croasdale Store circa 1885.
b. 1793 d. 1873 married Sarah (Wilson) Croasdale and had five children. Mary Woolston Croasdale b. 1826 married Moses Paxson. John Wilson Croasdale b. 1829 partnered with Moses Paxson and built the above buiness. In 1860 Census, John was living in Moses's home.
    — Submitted July 31, 2010, by Terry Croasdale of Modesto, California.

 
Categories. 20th CenturyFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesNotable BuildingsRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Photo on Paxson-Croasdale Bldg & Trolley Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2009
4. Photo on Paxson-Croasdale Bldg & Trolley Marker
[Caption reads] Newtown Trolley at intersection of State & Washington circa 1900.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 763 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 30, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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