Trolley Circle on the Commons

Ithaca Heritage Sampler

Trolley Circle on the Commons

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage


Walking out of Center Ithaca on the Commons and facing down Bank Alley to Tioga Street, you are standing on ground where, a century ago, trolleys packed with Cornellians, tourists and commuters rumbled down two parallel tracks through the intersection, hauling them all the way across town.

Locals could ride eight miles of streetcar lines through the city’s center, taking the trolley for a day on the water at Renwick Park (now called Stewart Park) in summer or to ice skating on Cornell’s Beebe Lake in winter. Built in 1897, the trolley system was the third operational rail system of its kind in the state and 13th in the nation. Now, all that’s left are words and track marks etched in pavers on the Commons, roughly on the place the tracks used to meet.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Ithaca Heritage Sampler


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