THE TROLLEY PARKS OF MAINE AMBER TATNALL

THE TROLLEY PARKS OF MAINE
THE TROLLEY PARKS OF MAINE
Item# ISBN 9781470124182
$12.95

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, much tourism catered to wealthy Americans. In the late nineteenth century, electric railways and their new trolley parks opened tourism to other economic classes, providing opportunities for day and weekend excursions. In Maine, trolleys took mill workers, shopkeepers, farmers, and their families to the beaches, lakes and rustic resorts to enjoy some of the state's most beautiful natural resources. Almost every electric railway in Maine had its own pleasure resort, whether it was a simple outdoor dance platform or a full-fledged hotel, complete with theater. The promise of musical entertainment, boating, bathing and other recreational activities drew crowds to Maine's trolley parks. Day-trippers from all walks of life rode the trolleys, happily paying the very affordable double fare, which typically included admission to the park and often to the theater as well. For a single dollar, a young man and his best girl could ride to a park, see a show, take a spin on the dance floor, and still have enough money left over for dinner in the casino. Paperback 56 pages