Tonight, Thursday, April 30th, is the 2015 return Open Doors Trolley Tour! After such a long winter, it’s time to get outside and see some art right here in downtown! The Open Doors Trolley is an art & cultural trolley tour that circulates the same route between the hours of 5pm & 8pm, stopping at each location about every 30-40 minutes. All trolley stops are free & open to the public! Stops on the tour include: Langer Place, Millyard Museum, SEE Science Center, The Arbor in the Millyard Art Gallery, Studioverne, E.W. Poore, Art 3 Gallery, Framers Market and Gallery, City Hall, Studio 550, the Majestic Theater and more! Visit their website for more information: http://majestictheatre.net/opendoors.php!
While Trolley Night was on my mind, I decided to dive into the history of Manchester’s Trolley era! The Manchester Historic Association‘s archives came up with a number of great pictures (see slideshow below) of Manchester’s trolley system pre and post the electrification of the trolley cars. The Seashore Trolley Museum, located in Kennebunkport, Maine, had a great excerpt from Manchester Streetcars,a novel by O.R. Cummings of the Manchester Historic Association. Cummings writes:
“There was a time when streetcars were a vital part of daily life in Manchester. From 1877 to 1940, horsecars and trolleys glided up and down the principal streets of the Queen City…By 1892, Manchester had a fine, extensive horsecar system, which was electrified three years later. Expansion began in 1869 and through 1907, the network of tracks grew steadily, with new lines not only serving the Queen City, but also radiating to Goffstown, Concord, Nashua, and Derry. More than one hundred closed and open cars provided vital local transportation during the prime years of the trolley era.”
See the slideshow below for images of some trolleys from Manchester’s past–courtesy of the Manchester Historic Association!