Babylon in Suffolk County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Babylon Railroad Company Trolley Route
Erected 2010 by Town of Babylon and Village of Babylon.
Location. 40° 42.033′ N, 73° 19.441′ W. Marker is in Babylon, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker can be reached from Railroad Avenue west of Deer Park Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Babylon NY 11702, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Conklin House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Babylon's Heros World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Babylon Town Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Babylon Village Fountain (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Cuban Giants (approx. 0.4 miles away); Captain Joel Cook Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Porters Landing (approx. half a mile away); Babylon World War I Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Babylon.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted to the outside wall of the south side entrance to
Regarding Babylon Railroad Company Trolley Route. This is one in a series of markers dedicated in 2010 along the historic trolley route between Amityville and Babylon.
Also see . . .
1. Short Biography of David Sprague Sturgis Sammis. LongIsandGenealogy.com's short biography of David S.S. Sammis, founder of the Babylon Railroad Company: d. 19 May 1895 at Babylon; Brights disease; son of Daniel Sammis, who served in the War of 1812; father of Joseph M. Sammis and five daughters; proprietor of the Surf Hotel on Fire Island; went into hotel business in New York City in 1848 and in 1856 built a hotel on Fire Island for 100 guests, which he soon enlarged; he introduced gas [lighting ?] and made the hotel first class; sold his interest in New York City hotels in 1858, to devote himself fully to the Surf Hotel and real estate ventures in Babylon; built a street railway for transporting guests from the railroad depot to the steamboat dock at Babylon; served as postmaster at Fire Island; organized the Babylon National Bank and the Babylon Water Company; leader in the incorporation of Babylon Village; sold his hotel property on Fire Island to New York State in 1892 to be used for a cholera quarantine station; this upset the people of Babylon, causing of (Submitted on February 19, 2013.)
2. James Grover Reminisces About the Tracks. In this short clip, James Grover (Babylon Village) reminisces about how the trolley tracks ran through town. (Submitted on February 19, 2013.)
3. New York Times article (1910) on the opening of the Babylon-Amityville Line. An event which promises to revolutionize the passenger and freight business of Long Island, and open up one of the most promising sections of New York City's great island suburbs, with its populous towns and fertile fields, took place yesterday afternoon when the first link in a fifty-four-mile trunk line system stretching from Patchogue...to Manhattan...was formally opened.... (Submitted on February 19, 2013.)
4. Viewfinder: A Ride Through Babylon's History. Babylonvillage.Patch.com provides an article (10/21/2011) by Jacqueline Sweet on the trolley line, illustrated with numerous photos showing how the route looks after a century. (Submitted on February 19, 2013.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2013, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 503 times since then. Last updated on April 23, 2013, by Mary Cascone of Babylon, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 19, 2013, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.