The Railroads & Recreation
seize an opportunity, railroad companies began to market excursions
to regional destinations. If a destination did not already exist,
they created it themselves. From the 1880s through the end of World
War II, railroad excursions were very popular.
summer, train excursions could take travelers to the seashore, lakes
and ponds. Later, in the early 20th century in the
winter months “snow trains” took happy skiers to the mountains of
Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
BallardVale and the
the 1840s the Boston and Maine Railroad found it necessary to turn
the river to go under the railroad stone arch bridge that holds the
tracks between the Lowell Junction and the BallardVale Stations.
The new curve in the river created “The Flats” where Allen’s Brook
comes into the river. The Flats became a popular fishing, ice
fishing and ice harvesting spot.
the late 1880s the Boston & Maine Railroad built a platform on each
side of the tracks in BallardVale accommodate the crowds of people.
Running excursions from Boston, they would drop car loads of
merrymakers in the morning and pick them up at night. There were
two swimming holes, a cook house, a dance pavilion and all the
families along the river were happy to rent boats and canoes for the
continued, next edition, July 26, 2008