Transportation

Columbia Mark XLVIII
Columbia Mark XLVIII made by Electric Vehicle Company, Hartford
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Many of Connecticut’s achievements in transportation have also contributed to far-reaching societal changes. For example, Columbia bicycles produced in Hartford not only brought greater personal mobility to the masses they also contributed to women’s suffrage and the Good Roads Movement of the late 19th century. The state’s transportation history also includes early Native American trails that traced routes still in use today, New England’s most ambitious canal project, and the highways that helped promote suburban development. A past mode of moving people and goods that remains in use today is the Glastonbury-Rocky Hill ferry; opened in 1655, it is the oldest continuously running service of its kind in the US.

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Websites

“Connecticut’s Historic Bridges - The Merritt Parkway.” The Merritt Parkway, 2012. Link.
“Early Travel in Connecticut.” Department of Transportation, 2003. Link.
“Hitting the Road: Road Maps from the Collection of Yale University Library.” Yale University, 2000. Link.

Video

Hindenburg Over Hartford, Connecticut 1936, 2010. Link.

Places

“Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum,” 2012. Link.
“Danbury Railway Museum,” 2012. Link.
“Essex Steam Train,” 2012. Link.
“National Helicopter Museum,” 2011. Link.
“Naugatuck Railroad.” Railroad Museum of New England, 2011. Link.
“New England Air Museum,” 2012. Link.
“The Shore Line Trolley Museum,” 2012. Link.

Documents

Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association. “Connecticut Pioneers in Aviation.” Connecticut State Library, 1963. Link.
“Connecticut Ship Database, 1789-1939.” Mystic Seaport, 2007. Link.
“Guide to the Farmington Canal Papers, 1822-1925.” New Haven Museum, 2013. Link.
“Guide to the Turnpike Companies Collection, 1770-1883.” New Haven Museum, 2013. Link.
Stodart & Currier. “Map of Farmington & Avon Indicating the Farmington Canal and Feeders,” n.d. Connecticut History Online, Connecticut Historical Society. Link.
Tilden, S.D. “Map of the Railroads of Connecticut to Accompany the Report of the Railroad Commissioners, 1893.” Hartford, CT, 1893. University of Connecticut Libraries - Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.
“Railroad History Archive.” Railroad History Archive, Archives & Special Collections, Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut, 2012. Link.
“Railroads - Western Connecticut - Images.” Archives & Special Collections of the University of Connecticut Libraries, 2011. Link.
Rand McNally and Company. “Rand, Mcnally & Co.’s Map of New York City and Vicinity Showing Steam Railroads and Electric Lines.” Chicago: Rand McNally and Company, 1908. University of Connecticut Libraries - Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.
“Stage Coach Schedule, Circa 1845.” D. Hunt, 1845. Connecticut History Online, Connecticut Historical Society. Link.

Books

Palshaw, Thomas C. Bradley Field: The First 25 Years. Windsor Locks, CT: The New England Air Museum, 2011.
Turner, Gregg M., Melancthon W. Jacobus, and Oliver Ormerod Jensen. Connecticut Railroads: An Illustrated History. Hartford,  CT: Connecticut Historical Society, 1986.
Connecticut State Highway Department, and Tercentenary Commission of Connecticut. Forty Years of Highway Development in Connecticut, 1895-1935. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1935.
Mystic Seaport Museum, and William Peterson. “Mystic Built”: Ships and Shipyards of the Mystic River, Connecticut, 1784-1919. Mystic,  CT: Mystic Seaport Museum, 1989.
Albion, Robert Greenhalgh, William A. Baker, and Benjamin Woods Labaree. New England and the Sea. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1972.
DeLuca, Richard. Post Roads & Iron Horses: Transportation in Connecticut from Colonial Times to the Age of Steam. Middletown,  CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2011.
Larned, Larry. Route 15 the Road to Hartford. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2002.
Pember, Harry, Igor Ivan Sikorsky, Sikorsky Aircraft, and United Aircraft Corporation. Seventy-Five Years of Aviation Firsts. Stratford, CT: Sikorsky Historical Archives, 1998.
Holbrook, Stewart Hall. The Old Post Road: The Story of the Boston Post Road. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1962.
Karr, Ronald. The Rail Lines of Southern New England: A Handbook of Railroad History. Pepperell,  MA: Branch Line Press, 1995.
Wood, Frederic. The Turnpikes of New England and Evolution of the Same Through England, Virginia, and Maryland. Boston, MA: Marshall Jones Company, 1919. Link.
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