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Syracuse Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1915, Syracuse, New York I SI SI -11 ifi THE OPENING OF THE FIRST RAILROAD THE decade between 1830 and 1840 was one of great importance in Onondaga county It embraced an era of six or seven years of almost unexampled a brief succeeding period of cial disaster and the building of the first railroads to cross the and an increase of population of nearly v The first movement toward the construction of a railroad to enter or cross county from which actual results was the passage of an act of the Legislature on May 1st ing the Auburn nnd Syracuse Railroad company The were Daniel Ulysses S Bradley John Stephen David John Grove and William jr Five of these were Onondaga county men The capital stock was made and required that the road should be in operation within fire after The company formally in and among the directors were Raynor and Smith of Syracuse begun in- 1835 anil on January Sth the road opened between Auburn and Geddes The track was made with wooden rails and stage horses from were put in to draw the coaches One man made a bet that he could start off with his team of horses at same time as the train and would reach the point of destination long before the train but no one took him up on it This method of trawl prevailed until June the first steam was put on the road The bridge ihc old mill pond was finished in if an excursion the first by steam Onondaga was run the line The engine that drew the train was appropriately named This railroad of a crude and primitive affair in with the lines that were soon to succeed it The first important improvement made wax the substitution of flat iron rails for the ones were held down to the string pieces by spikes driven directly through which of leu became worked and the ends of the rails bending would sometimes of havoc by the uner In men elected to the- Legislature because it was that they would faror railroad Among these from Onondaga county were John of David of Sanford C Parker of and Daniel Dennison of Manlius The Legislature of 1836 was besieged with petitions for railroads from all parts of the State Among was one for a road between Utica and which was granted on May nth of that year The company was compelled to pov the Seneca Road company for any sustained by the turnpike the and to pav a certain toll to the canal on all freight carried by the except passengers during the canal season The original charter of the Schenectady and Utica road prohibited it from carrying any but this was removed by the Legislature of 1844 Prior to date freight carried from Schenectady to Utica in winter on sleighs and thence on westward by rail On May the Syracuse Cortland and Railroad company was incorporated one oj the of before realised Another was the Jordan and incorporated May 1837 All the com- missioners were prominent of the western part of this county
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