The story of transportation in America is the saga of people constantly on the move. From colonial times, people paid for public transportation; first using stage coaches or flat boats along the river, then steam powered boats and trains. Eventually one service becomes faster, safer and more affordable than another.
This presentation highlights the history of America being on the move. It begins with prior to the American Revolution America's mass transit was stage coach and keel boat. And that stage coaches were a key industry in CT and the presentation moves along with the changing quest for moving the largest numbers of passengers, moving from stage coaches to steam ships to railroads and finally to the airlines. Tidbits like; stage coaches move 2.9 million passenger miles a day in 1848 and the first major railroad disaster was in Norwalk, CT are discussed along with many vintage photographs.