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Glocester celebration takes a ride through the past

June 29, 2014

GLOCESTER – The history of the arrival of public transportation in Chepachet was celebrated Sunday afternoon with a sampling of life in 1914 and reminders of how Glocester changed once it did get on the map.

The Chepachet Union Church teamed up with the Glocester Heritage Society to hold a 100th anniversary celebration remembering the arrival of the first Rhode Island Co. trolley in town and the big stir it created when it did.

Malloy, a labor historian and a professor for URI, told the crowd of about 200 attending Sunday’s event that the first trolley’s arrival drew a crowd of several hundred, and there was even a parade along with marching bands.

And while the town finally had an easy way for its residents to make their way to large cities like Providence, Malloy said the new transportation route played an even more important role than that in regards to the town’s economy.

Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Call.

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