Historic Pelham

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

October 19, 1898 Report that the Tracks of the Toonerville Trolley Line Had Been Laid in Pelham

Occasionally I have written about the "Toonerville Trolley" and its ties to Pelham.  For a few examples, see:

Wed., March 25, 2009:  Another Brief Account by Fontaine Fox Describing Trolley in Pelham Manor as Inspiration for Toonerville Trolley Comic Strip.

Mon., March 5, 2007: An Ode to the Toonerville Trolley and Its Skipper Published in 1921.

Wed., November 15, 2006: Another Letter by Fontaine Fox Describing How the Pelham Manor Trolley Inspired Him to Create the Toonerville Trolley.

Tue., September 19, 2006: Toonerville Trolley Cartoons Available For Free Viewing Online

Wed., August 9, 2006: The Saddest Day in the History of Pelham Manor's "Toonerville Trolley"

Tues., October 11, 2005: The Toonerville Trolley Pays its Bills -- Late!

Tues., September 20, 2005: Pelham's "Toonerville Trolley" Goes To War

Fri., June 17, 2005: "Skipper Louie" of Pelham Manor's Toonerville Trolley

Tue., April 19, 2005: Pelham Manor Residents Fight Construction of the Toonerville Trolley Line

The trolley line in Pelham that ultimately inspired Fontaine Fox to create his epic comic strip was built in two phases.  The first phase involved the laying of tracks from Wolf's Lane near the Pelham Train Station toward Colonial Avenue, then eastward on Colonial Avenue to Pelhamdale Avenue, then southeastward on Pelhamdale Avenue to a location near the intersection of today's Grant Avenue and Pelhamdale Avenue.  The second phase of the construction extended the line along Pelhamdale Avenue to today's Shore Road near the New York Athletic Club facility on Travers Island.

Today's Historic Pelham Blog posting transcribes brief item that appeared in the October 19, 1898 issue of the Mount Vernon News reporting that the first phase of the construction had been completed.

"Trolley Tracks Laid in Pelham.


The Westchester Electric Railway Company, or Third avenue road, has completed the laying of its tracks along Pelhamdale avenue as far as the Pelham Manor depot.  There is now a complete line of tracks between the Pelham and Pelham Manor stations.  How soon cars will be in operation still remains a matter of conjecture, although this will doubtless not be until the extension is completed to New Rochelle."

Source:  Trolley Tracks Laid in Pelham, Mount Vernon News, Oct. 19, 1898, p. 2, col. 1.

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