A Train Buff's Paradise
Vermont had developed a rich history with railroads and train stations since it foundation, but would you expect to view historic treasures of that industry at a rest area on Interstate 91? Most likely not the first place you would select to view cherished treasure from the past, but that is exactly what you will find at the Hartford Rest Area on I-91 South.
The rest area itself was remodeled to look like a train station and the State of Vermont gathered historic photos taken from postcards to honor the railroads that served the Green Mountain State. The village of Hartford has long served a role in transportation, primarily as a railroad junction. From the arrival of the first railroads in the late 1840's until rail diminished in importance in the 1960's due to the Interstate Highway System. White River Junction was the most important railroad community in Vermont.
The Upper Valley Mirror visited the Hartford Rest area last week and the photos that follow will give you an example of what can be found. It took all of my photo experience to capture the images on display and I gave it my best shot. This is part one of a two-part series. The next batch will follow soon. Enjoy these unique images from our past!