We’re outside Union Station, right in front of the building.
In the 1800s, the space behind that was occupied by a barn for Utica’s horse-drawn trolley system. Utica was one of only five cities in the country that had a horse drawn trolley.
New York, Boston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Utica. Can you imagine? 1863.
–That’s right in the middle of the Civil War –
Only one of five in the country, and then in 1890, of course, we became electrified and the horses were gone, but that was the barn for the cars and for the horses. When the electric trolleys came through that was the barn for the electric trolleys.