trolley time


Visitors to Columbia can be ferried about the town in style as trolley service will beginning soon.

A few dozen people gathered outside the borough hall earlier this evening for comments from elected public servants representing the borough and the county and a ribbon cutting initiating the service which will operate during the summer months.

Here’s a trolley history in Columbia from the Columbia Public Library.

IN 19o9, this narrative of Columbia was written in the piece, “Seeing Lancaster County from a trolley window.”

“The city of Columbia has a population 13,000; two railroad systems, fast freight lines through to New York, Boston and the East; to Pittsburg and ‘the West; to Baltimore and  the South; three-hours  from Philadelphia, five from New York, ten from Boston and eight from Pittsburg; only sixty miles from the anthracite coal fields; law taxation and valuation;  coal for manufacturing purposes cheap; electric railways; abundant water    supply free for manufacturing purposes; four banks, sixteen churches, good schools, four newspapers a good fire department, good markets and free mail delivery. In health it ranks very high.Columbia is a cosmopolitan town. Almost every nationality is represented, and yet we need no police force.”

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