Take the Trolley: The Trolley Age in Mercer County – Recording Available

Photo Credit: Stephen D. Maguire
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 @ 7 pm via Zoom
Presenter: Dennis Waters, Former Lawrence Township Historian

In the early decades of the 20th century, more than one million passengers each year rode the two trolley lines that connected Trenton with Princeton. But trolley tracks extended as far as Pennington and even Hopewell. The roads were bad, the automobile was not yet dominant, and for a few cents the trolley was the cheapest, fastest, and generally safest way to get from point A to point B in Mercer County. Join us on December 8th to learn more about the trolley age in all of its blue-sky ambition and rampant skulduggery, including where you can see relics of the trolley lines that are still part of the landscape.

Dennis Waters is a retired Internet publisher. He recently stepped down after twelve years of service as Lawrence Township Historian. Currently he is a visiting scientist at the Chrysler Herbarium at Rutgers University, where he studies the lichens of the New Jersey Midlands. Dennis serves as president of the Lawrence Township Environmental Education Foundation, and trustee of the Lawrence Township Community Foundation and the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail. He also represents Lawrence on the Mercer County Library Commission. He received a Ph.D. in advanced technology from the Watson Engineering School at Binghamton University.

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