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View Diary: The site of a rail disaster…..Norwalk, Connecticut (41 comments)

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  •  Notice that bridge was originally openable? (8+ / 0-)

    And that a steam ship was passing through?
    Until the mid 1800s, all passenger and freight traffic along the Connecticut shoreline all the way from New York  to Rhode Island, moved by water. There was a Boston Post Road, but it was rough and there was nothing like a tractor-trailer truck to move goods. In the mid 1800s, rail lines were laid along the coastline, often in the marshes and right along the beaches, cutting off all the rivers and streams, beachheads and landings that the Steamships served.
    Coastwise shipping died and the Rail Barons thrived, everything had to move by rail after that. By 1920, most of the local industry east of New Haven was dead and CT depopulated by 50% between 1840 and 1900.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 05:06:34 PM PST

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