Aurora-Elgin Area Street Cars & Interurbans, Fox River Division Vol 1 by Hopkins
Aurora-Elgin Area Street Cars & Interurbans, Fox River Division Vol 1 by Hopkins
Aurora-Elgin Area Street Cars & Interurbans, Fox River Division Vol 1 by Hopkins
Aurora-Elgin Area Street Cars & Interurbans, Fox River Division Vol 1 by Hopkins
Aurora-Elgin Area Street Cars & Interurbans, Fox River Division Vol 1 by Hopkins
Aurora-Elgin Area Street Cars & Interurbans, Fox River Division Vol 1 by Hopkins
Aurora-Elgin Area Street Cars & Interurbans, Fox River Division Vol 1 by Hopkins

Aurora-Elgin Area Street Cars & Interurbans, Fox River Division Vol 1 by Hopkins

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Aurora-Elgin Area Street Cars & Interurbans, Fox River Division Vol 1 by Hopkins
 
Aurora-Elgin Area Street Cars & Interurbans, Fox River Division Vol 1 by Hopkins Stolp Peffers
Hard Cover
168 pages
Copyright 1993
Overview of Street and Interurban Railways
In The Aurora - Elgin Area7
Prospectus of The Elgin, Aurora & Southern Traction Company, 1901 9
The Elgin, Aurora & Southern Traction Company (1901 - 1906) and The Aurora, Elgin & Chicago Railroad (1906 - 1923)
In Aurora12
In Elgin50
Aurora - Elgin Interurban Line74
Elgin - Carpentersville Interurban Line     108
Aurora - Yorkville Interurban Line116
The Summer Cars135
Volume 2 covers The Aurora, Elgin & Fox River Electric Company 1923 - 1935, Aurora Street Scenes, Early Transportation in Aurora and Elgin, and miscellaneous items.
Volume 3 covers The Third Rail Division of The Aurora, Elgin & Chicago Railroad, and The Chicago, Aurora & Elgin; 1901 - 1959.
Volume 4 covers The Connecting Interurban; Fox & Illinois Union; Aurora, Plainfield & Joliet; Chicago, Aurora & DeKalb; DeKalb - Sycamore; Woodstock & Sycamore; and Elgin & Belvidere.
Few events were as important to the development of cities in the first part of the twentieth century as the operation of trolleys. They were a part of everyday life for practically everyone who wanted or needed transportation. Hopkins Stolp Peffers lived in this era and relates his memories, first hand, in this four-volume history of the Aurora-Elgin Area Street Cars & Interurbans.
Ambling recollections, nostalgic, at times poignant, take the reader on a journey through time, back when life was simpler - when a truly unique method of transportation linked rural American towns not only with each other, but with big cities twenty, thirty, even a hundred miles away. He recalls the heyday of the trolley in his youth and traces its evolution as long as it lasted in the Fox River Valley area. The immediacy, enthusiasm, and delight never wanes. He is to be credited with keeping a log, and then over a 25-year period completing the narrative. This is a history - ending on July 3, 1957.
Volume 1 covers the fascinating network of street cars and interurbans in the Fox River Valley of Illinois from 1901-1923 - when trolleys were at their pinnacle. The cities of Aurora and Elgin each had a spiderweb of local lines radiating from their downtowns to carry local traffic. These interurban lines to the north and south served passengers not only between Elgin and Aurora, but a whole string of industrial towns from Yorkville to Carpentersville. Together they constituted the Fox River Division of the Aurora, Elgin & Chicago Railroad. Here we see how people rode the trolleys to and from work, and used them to visit parks and other recreational facilities. We see the communities that grew and prospered with these local street railways, and learn of the people who ran the cars and others who worked for the company.


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