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Whistles Along the Shoreline: the Railroad in Clinton

Presentation titled “Whistles Along the Shoreline:  the Railroad in Clinton”.  This informative lecture will be presented by E.C. Schroeder.  E.C. is a long-time member of the Clinton Historical Society with a particular interest in the architecture of railroad stations and their impact on communities.  He first gave a version of this talk more than 10 years ago.  Since that time, he has continued to conduct research and gather images.  In his “day job” E.C. is the director of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University and has ridden the trains stopping in Clinton for more than 20 years.

In 1852, the railroad opened for the first time in Clinton and the town was never the same.  The railroad passes through the center of town and over the past 166 years has influenced development and growth of the town.  This illustrated talk will explore the arrival and impact of railroads on the development of Clinton.  The talk will also discuss the ways the railroad changed over its long history in town, including the history of its 3 railroad stations, 2 of which still exist. The talk will use early photographs, maps, postcards, documents and pamphlets to illustrate the history of the impact the railroad had on the town of Clinton.  

This program is co-sponsored by the Clinton Historical Society and is part of the CHS Victor and Lynnabeth Mays Lecture Series.

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