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Archive for Friday, December 7, 2001

Old home town - 100 years ago today

December 7, 2001

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On Dec. 7, 1901, the Lawrence Journal had a story from The Worlds Work headlined "The Automobile in Rapid Transit." The article noted the inauguration of automobile lines in Indiana, New Jersey and California: "The small amount of capital required ... and the ease of operation make ... such lines seem possible. There is of course none of the expense of surveying ... and the installations of costly machinery in a properly arranged building. The automobile is not an exacting vehicle. All it demands is a reasonably good highway, a place to be housed and ordinary care. Generally speaking, 10 automobiles seating 12 persons including the chauffeur should answer all requirements for a place of 40,000 population ... It is not certain, moreover, that the comfort and convenience of the automobile stages would not far excel the necessarily imperfect arrangements of the ordinary street car."

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