By Joseph J. Ellis

Via photographs of 4 figures—Charles Willson Peale, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, William Dunlap, and Noah Webster—Joseph Ellis offers a distinct standpoint at the function of tradition in post-Revolutionary the US, either its excessive expectancies and its frustrations.
Each lifestyles is interesting in its personal correct, and every is used to brightly light up the historic context.

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Freight facilities were lacking as well. In Grand Rapids, the company rented space for freight in a building on Lyon and Canal Streets. Other depots along the line had minimal freight handling facilities as well. The managers quickly saw that there was an opportunity in moving freight, especially lessthan-carload freight. The freight motors could efficiently move barrels and crates containing industrial goods, produce, and packages between the terminal cities and the towns along its track. Furthermore, an interurban could offer same-day service to its customers.

Furthermore, an interurban could offer same-day service to its customers. The company quickly won a contract to carry the mail between Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Grand Haven. The slogan for freight became “Express service at freight rates,” as the service was superior to that offered by the steam railroads, at a comparable price. The freight operations quickly outgrew the leased facility. In 1904, the GRGH&M built a freight house of its own at the corner of Goodrich and Oakes Streets in Grand Rapids.

45 In 1913, the GRGH&M built a station in Spring Lake. The stucco building stood at the corner of Jackson and Savage Streets. A separate freight house, not visible in this image, stood behind the building. In 1917, the company installed a substation in the freight house to help balance the power on the branch. New automated substation technology allowed the equipment to function automatically and did not require an operator. A combination passenger-freight car is traveling east along Savidge Street in Spring Lake.

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