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Tents and trains behind Lexington Center during Centennial celebration, 1875 "The view is from the top of the railroad station* looking toward Hancock Street. The large house on the hill is the M. H. Merriam homestead now facing Goodwin Road. Ths Hinchey house by the Hancock Street Railroad crossing shows at the left. The various tents were for the accommodation of men and horses. There was but one track as far as Arlington and the trains were long and terribly crowded, not only inside but as many as possible rode on the roofs of the cars. Byron Earle was a brake-man that day and told me the story of the train that ran away. The train got going on the down grade at Munroes and the brakes refused to hold. The train ran wild until it reached Somerville, swaying from side to side striking terror to those jammed inside and clinging to the roofs. The Engineer never got over the trip and his hair turned white in less than one month after the 19th." (* Handwritten note by EBW, Jr.: "I don't agree. Probably from the Norris Block.")
Lantern Slides -Lexington Centennial Celebration, train accommodations, 1875 -Cary Memorial Library 2016. All rights reserved.
Train Accommodations, April 19, 1875

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