The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

The Lost Trotting Parks Storyboard Archives

Monday, August 12, 2013

19th Century Transportation -- Central Maine Railroad and Steamboat Schedule

In the 19th century transportation was by foot, by horse, by rail, and by water. Horsemen who competed throughout Maine, New Brunswick and across the United States would travel by rail and by water. Nelson took his champion stallion Nelson 4209 to St. John, New Brunswick perhaps by water or by train. When Nelson and his horse were banned from National Trotting Association tracks, Nelson took his horse west. This travel was done by rail. Nelson rented or owned a horse car that he used for travel by train. It is said that he would sleep in the same car with his horse. Nelson 4209's final exhibition was in Eastport, Maine at McFaul Park. 

When harness racing meets were held at McFaul Park, folks from Calais would take the steamboat up to Eastport for the races and then return. 

When steamboats would land at port, stage coaches would be at hand to take passenger inland to their final destinations.

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