A step back in time when the railroad was king in Morrow County was the topic of “Morrow County Railroad History” held at the Morrow Little Theatre recently. Presenter Donna Carver, local history and railroad fan presented a fascinating virtual tour of the rail lines and stations. The rail stations were also the communities’ social hubs with residents eager to ask incoming passengers about the latest news from back home. Guests heard how Mount GIlead initially passed on the railroad when the proposal was first made and later regretted waiting. Edison was among the first to sign up for bringing the railroad service to area. As the mode of transportation grew, expansion was always being addressed, often with rail lines combining or being absorbed by other lines. Donna also had lots of visuals of what some of the county’s stations looked like back in the day and how some of the former stops look now. Large detailed maps of all the stations & routes in Morrow County were made available. Other authentic railroad memorabilia could be viewed before and after the presentation. In addition, the former Chocolates & More provided their homemade railroad themed chocolate treats the guests enjoyed. If you missed the presentation, Donna will be at the Williamsport Grange Saturday, June 17 at 11:00am. Located at 6251 County Road 20, Mount Gilead. (Take US 42 North. County Road 20 is just after CR 19 in Williamsport). The presentation if FREE. The Grange invites everyone to stay afterward and enjoy their complimentary potluck lunch. Donna will also be doing her presentation at the Cardington Street Fair, Saturday June 24 7:00pm at the Legion. For more info you can call her at 419-560-8100.
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