Saturday, May 30, 2015

Seashore's Trolleys Relative to Theodore Roosevelt's Timeline - Part 2 - 1901 - 1909

Theodore Roosevelt's Timeline and parallels with Seashore Trolley Museum's Historic Railway Collection

Theodore Roosevelt utilized rail transportation throughout his life.
This is an image of Portland Lewiston Interurban (PLI) No.14, Narcissus.
On August 18, 1914, TR was a passenger on the Narcissus from
Lewiston (ME) to Portland (ME). He would ride a PLI
interurban again on August 31, 1916, this time from Portland (ME) to Lewiston (ME).
The Narcissus is currently undergoing restoration at Seashore Trolley Museum's
Townhouse Restoration Shop in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Seashore Trolley Museum will host a special fundraising event for the Narcissus 7/31 through 8/2 2015, Teddy Roosevelt Days: Celebrating the Naturalist and the Narcissus.

Seashore Trolley Museum's extensive collection includes historic railway vehicles and buildings that were built and were part of the fabric of public transportation throughout TR's life. Trolley description details from Seashore Trolley Museum website, A Guide to Seashore Trolley Museum Collection, and from Historic Cars by Ben Minnich. TR timeline info taken from NPS Theodore Roosevelt Timeline.

Theodore Roosevelt                                                          Seashore Trolley Museum
Timeline (abridged)                                                           Collection Timeline (abridged)

September 6, 1901, President William McKinley is shot in Buffalo, NY.
He succumbs and dies from his wound. On September 14, 1901, Vice President
Theodore Roosevelt becomes the 26th President of the United States
when he is sworn into office at Wilcox Mansion in Buffalo, NY. He is the youngest
man ever to become President (age 42).  PWM

First Term 1901 - 1904
Quentin, TR, TRjr, Archibald,
Alice, Kermit, Edith, & Ethel PWM
1901 - No. 303
Connecticut Company
New Haven, CT
Fifteen-bench open car PWM

1901 - No. 41
Lexington & Boston Street Railway
Lexington & Boston, MA STM
1902 - Crater Lake NP, OR established
C. Flake image

1901 - Tower C
Boston Elevated Railway
Boston, MA (near North Station)
Switching tower (copper clad)
The architect was Alexander
Wadsworth Longfellow, Maine
native and nephew of the famous
poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
also a Maine native. PWM

Newlands Reclamation Act signed. The
Theodore Roosevelt Dam - Salt River (AR)
was one of the first projects authorized. PWM

August 27 - Bangor, Waterville,

1902, September 3
Pittsfield, MA
Open trolley car No. 29 of the
Pittsfield Electric Street Railway,
struck President Roosevelt's open
landau carriage, and his New England
tour came to a tragic end. Secret Service
agent William Craig was thrown directly
in front of the trolley and was killed
instantly. Craig was the first Secret
Service agent to have died in the
line of duty serving a president.
President Roosevelt did receive
what was reported then as minor
injuries. Later reports have him
bothered by a leg injury received
in the accident, for much of his
life. Image from Berkshire
Street Railway
, 1972, by
O. R. Cummings
1901 - Northampton Station
Boston Elevated Railway
Boston, MA
Elevated Rapid Transit Station
(copper clad)
The architect was Alexander
Wadsworth Longfellow
, Maine
native and nephew of the famous
poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
also a Maine native.
M. Cosgro

1902 - No. 50
Massachusetts Eastern Street Railway
Haverhill and Amesbury, MA via
Plaistow and Newton, NH STM

TR in White House PWM

1902 - Bershire Hills
Berkshire Street Railway
Parlor Car
Bershire Street Railway was
the only railway company to
operate in four states
(MA, CT, VT, & NY) STM

1903 - No. 105
Morningstar Line
Dunedin, New Zealand
Cable Car PWM


1903 - No. 475
Boston Elevated Railway
One of the first 60 surface cars
in Boston to be equipped with
air brakes. Charlie Duncan

Wind Cave NP, SD established

Roosevelt Settles the Alaskan
Boundary Dispute with Britain
over Canada-Alaska border

TR Elected President PWM

Sully's Hill NP, ND established
in 1921)

1905-1909 - Roosevelt's
Second Term

1904 - No. 9
Newport & Providence Railway Company
Newport, RI
Fifteen-bench open car STM

1904 - No. 108
Portsmouth, Dover & York Street Railway
New Hampshire & Maine
Railway Post Office
With New Bedford RPO No. 34,
was used in the first day cover release of
streetcar commemorative stamps at
Seashore Trolley Museum in 1983,
officiated by then Vice President George
Bush and Postmaster General
William Bolger.
National Register of Historic Places PWM

1905 - The National Forest Service
is established

Publishes "Outdoor Pastimes of an
American Hunter"

Wichita Forest, OK established
as first federal game preserve

October 8, 1983
Commemorative First Day Cover
1906 - Platt NP, OK established
(joined Chickasaw National Recreation
Area 1976)
Land added to Yosemite NP, CA
(Yosemite Valley & Mariposa Big
Tree Grove)

1906 - Mesa Verde NP, CO established
C. Flake image

1905 - No. 3352
Interborough Rapid Transit Company
New York, NY
It is the oldest steel-frame vehicle
in existence STM

President Roosevelt signs the
"Act for the Preservation of
1905 - No. 838
Connecticut Company
New Haven, CT
Fifteen bench open car PWM
American Antiquities", also known
as the National Monument Act or
the Antiquities Act. TR establishes
the first eighteen "National Monuments",
including Devil's Tower (1906) the very
first declared National Monument

El Morro NM, NM
Chaco Canyon NM, NM
Petrified Forest NM, AZ
Montezuma Castle NM, AZ

President Roosevelt was awarded
1906 - No. 2
Montreal Tramways Company
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Sightseeing Car PWM

the Nobel Peace Prize for ending
the Russo-Japanese War in 1905.
He is the first American to win the
Nobel Prize in any of the six categories.

TR appoints the Inland Waterway Commission
Lassen Peak NM, CA
Gila Cliff Dwellings NM, CA
Tonto NM, AZ

1906 - No. 38
Manchester & Nashua Street Railway
Manchester, NH
Wood Interurban (Suburban)
The second car acquired by
Seashore Trolley Museum. It
arrived at STM in 1940. PWM
First Conference of Governors met
at the White House to consider problems
of conservation.

TR appoints a National Conservation Commission
to prepare first inventory of natural resources
(report issued February 1909)

Grand Canyon NM, AZ
Muir Woods NM, CA
Pinnacles NM, CA
Jewel Cave NM, SD
Natural Bridges NM, UT
Lewis & Clark Cavern NM, MT
Tumacacori NM, AZ
Wheeler NM, CO

1906 - No. 100
Atlantic Shore Line Railway
Kennebunkport, ME
Wooden Steeple Cab Locomotive
National Register of Historic Places


1906 - No. 521
Los Angeles Railway
Los Angeles, CA
California Suburban
Came to Seashore fromm Boston, MA
after traveling through the
Panama Canal on the S.S. Tyler in 1954

convenes at the White House
National Bison Range Federal
Game Preserve, MT established
March 4, Presidential term expires
Later in March leaves for African
Safari. Returns June 1910

1906 - No. 4547
Brooklyn Rapid Transit
New York, NY
Convertible PWM

1906 - No. 0210
Metropolitan Transit Authority
Boston, MA
Elevated Car STM

1906 - No. 1160
Connecticut Company
New Haven, CT
Suburban PWM

1907 - No. 48
California Street Cable Railroad Company
San Francisco, CA
California Cable Car PWM

1907 - No. 1267
Twin City Rapid Transit Company
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Gate Car
The first car to operate at Seashore
Trolley Museum under its own power
generated from the Museum's first electric
generator in December 1953. PWM

1908 - No. 225
Chicago Surface Lines
"Red Rattler"
Chicago, IL
Prepayment Car STM

1908 - No. 5159
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Boston, MA
Boston "Type 3" Snow Plow

1908 - No. 5106
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Boston, MA
Boston "Type 3" Snow Plow

1909 - No. 52
Aroostook Valley Railroad
Presque Isle, ME
Combination Car
Freight Motor, Express, & Snow Plow

Exciting Matching Grant Challenge Started March 1, 2016
Mark your calendars (purchase your Friday-opening tickets in advance) and plan to attend the 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days Event July 21-23, 2017

A Benefit Event For the Narcissus Project!

Click Here: First Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - W. S. Libbey's 1908 Stanley Steamer
Click Here: Second Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - Suzanne Buzby Hersey - "My Maine"
Click Here: Third Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - Wade Zahares - Artist

More details on the celebration will be announced soon.
The Friday activity requires a ticket to be purchased in
advance. There is limited seating for the Friday gala
opening activity. Saturday and Sunday are
general admission public offerings at

The Narcissus Project Blog was created in April 2015 for the purpose of reaching out to a large number of folks through the power of social media to introduce them to the Narcissus. The Narcissus is a luxury, high-speed, wooden electric interurban. The Narcissus was built in 1912 in Laconia, NH and operated on the Portland-Lewiston Interurban, in Maine, between Portland and Lewiston, from 1914 into 1933. Theodore Roosevelt was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914. The blog posts appeal to folks with an interest in Theodore Roosevelt's connection to Maine, to folks generally interested in regional/local history, as well as those folks within the greater railway family. Hopefully, these posts will endear many of the readers to help support the Narcissus financially, as it undergoes a complete restoration over the next few years at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. 

We Did It!! 

$40,000 Raised!

Your Donations to the Narcissus Combined to Achieve the Goal Set Nineteen Months Ago. Raise $40,000 for the Narcissus to Meet the Challenge of the Matching Grant from the 

This brings the Combined Total Amount of Donations to the
Narcissus, based on the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation's matching grants to $100,000!  

The $40,000 donation will be the 2nd donation to the Narcissus from the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation as a result of successfully raising funds for a matching grant. A previous $10,000 matching grant challenge was achieved in 2014.

Donations made to the Narcissus Fund 816-A, for the remainder of 2017 and until further notice,
 will be used for work and materials needed to restore the interior of the Narcissus.

See below for Donation options -

It starts with YOU....
Your Donation Matters....
Make a Donation TODAY....

Please Help the Narcissus
Donations are now being raised to restore the interior of the Narcissus.

Donation Options to Help Restore the Narcissus:

The New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
is the 501c3 organization that owns and operates the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME and the National Streetcar
The NEERHS is registered with the IRS (EIN# 01-0244457) and was incorporated in Maine in 1941.

Check or Money Order ***** should be made payable to:
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
In the memo please write: Narcissus Fund 816-A
Mail to: Seashore Trolley Museum
              P. O. Box A
              Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Credit Card ***** donations can be a one-time donation or you
may choose to have a specific amount charged to your card
automatically on a monthly basis. Please contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5.

Online Donations - may be made by using a Credit Card: 
Click Here to make an online donation through the Museum's website - When at the Donation page: Fill in donor info, etc., when at "To which fund are you donating? Scroll down to "Other" and type in: 816-A Narcissus, then continue on filling in the required information.

Click Here for PayPal - to make an online donation: you can use email: and in the message box write:
For Narcissus fund 816-A

Donation of Securities ***** We also accept donations of
securities. You can contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5,
for brokerage account information for accepting donated securities.

BONUS ***** If you work for a company/corporation that will
"match" an employee's donation to an approved 501c3 non-profit,
educational, organization, please be sure to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer so that your donation is matched :)

Questions? ***** Please contact Narcissus project manager:
Phil Morse, or call 207-985-9723 - cell.

Thank You :)

Thank You to our Current Funding Partners
20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2017/2014 Matching Grant Challenges
Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) - Staff & Alumni - Matching Grant Challenge 2014
* New England Electric Railway Historical Society (Kennebunkport, ME) - Member Donations
Amherst Railway Society - 2015 Heritage Grant
National Railway Historical Society - 2016 & 2015 Heritage Preservation Grants
Enterprise Holding Foundation - 2015 Community Grant
Theodore Roosevelt Association - Member Donations
John Libby Family Association and Member Donations
* The Conley Family - In Memory of Scott Libbey 2017/2016/2015
The W. S. Libbey Family - Awalt, Conley, Graf, Holman, Libbey, McAvoy, McLaughlin, Meldrum, O'Halloran, Salto, - 2017
* The Hughes Family 2017/2016/2010
New Gloucester Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Public Library Association - Pat Barter Speaker Series
* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
* Fidelity Charitable Grant - Matching Employee Donations
* Richard E. Erwin Grant - 2017/2016
Seal Cove Auto Museum

The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today to help restore the interior of this Maine gem.
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track! Once restored,
you will be able to ride in luxury on this National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.
PWM photo

Please Consider Making a Donation to the Narcissus Restoration Project. We are currently raising funds to restore the interior of this Maine gem.

Various News stories during the summer of 2015 about the
Narcissus and its connection to Theodore Roosevelt. TR
was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914.

Click Here to See the list of All Previous Blog Posts - 100-Plus

Link to Libb(e)y Family connections

Click Here - Portland Public Library Presentation - History of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - The Man and His Mill
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - His 1908 Stanley Steamer K 30-hp Semi-Racer
Click Here - W. Scott Libbey's 1908 Stanley Steamer History to be Featured - July 21, 2017
Click Here - Scrapbook Celebrates the People of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - May 18, 1914, Newspaper Story on the Passing of PLI Builder, W. Scott Libbey
Click Here - 102nd Anniversary of the Opening of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - 83rd anniversary of the Closing of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - Sophia, W. S. Libbey Descendant Visits the Narcissus
Click Here - Libb(e)y Family Connection to Narcissus becomes Personal
Click Here - Ode To the Grand Old Interurban
Click Here - The Portland-Lewiston Interurban "Bouquet" is Ordered (1912)

Links to Narcissus Restoration Work:
Click Here - Ornate Leaded Stained Glass Work
Click Here - Narcissus Enters Town House Restoration Shop
Click Here - Sorting and Cleaning Materials on Interior of the Narcissus
Click Here - September 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 14, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - Beautiful Brass of the Narcissus
Click Here - December 28, 2015 Restoration Update
Click Here - January 4, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - Vallee Family Photos of Narcissus 1960s
Click Here - February 11, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - A Wooden Interurban - Restoration Info
Click Here - NRHS 2016 Heritage Grant Award to Narcissus
Click Here - Announcement of 2016 Teddy Roosevelt Days Fundraising Event for the Narcissus
Click Here - Series of Restoration Posts related to work on exterior poplar frames
Click Here - Vintage Poplar used in Narcissus restoration
Click Here - Mahogany Sash passenger windows being restored
Click Here - "A President Has Ridden in My House!" - Video of Dan Vallee
Click Here - Teddy Roosevelt Days 2016 - Weekend Event Benefits the Narcissus
Click Here - August 2016 Restoration Update
Click Here - Mid-September Restoration Update
Click Here - Theodore Roosevelt & the Narcissus: Connecting Maine Communities
Click Here - How to Make New Seats for the Narcissus?
Click Here - 2016 Summary of Research and Outreach
Click Here - 2016 Restoration Summary

Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today. 
 Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track!
Once restored, you will be able to ride in luxury on this
National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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