Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Horse Trolley



Denver week continues with this peculiar picture from 1903 of a horse-drawn trolley. The unusual thing is that the horse is riding, not pulling the trolley. All I can think is that the horse pulls the car us a hill, and then they let him ride back down hill. I would think though that a horse would rather walk than perch on that little spot.

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  1. Well, some horses are lazy, and won't turn down a easy ride when ever they can get it.
    I guess I was surprised by what I saw in the background of this photo. A billboard in 1903. I know people were painting big signs on the sides of their building, but I guess billboards had to start at some time in history.

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  2. Here's the story:
    http://games.historycolorado.org/about_chs/curators/Cherrelyn.htm

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    1. Thanks for the link. Interesting story and a unique photo.
      -Anne K.

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  3. It's hard for a horse to take a wagon downhill. All the traces are designed to be pulled. Instead, the heavy trolley is pushing the horse, and getting tangled.

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    1. Sue is exactly right. Without shaves, the trolley on a steep downhill will go faster than the horse and bump into it's hind legs. So on a steep hill the horse must ride the trolley. Interesting photo.

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  4. I like that photo ... thanks

    All the best Jan

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