The Impact of the Interurban
—The Historic National Road in Ohio —As a small "pike" town on the National Road, Kirkersville experienced the evolution of transportation from the days of horse and wagon to the automobile. It was the advent of the interurban that not only brought another mode of transit to the community, it brought electricity. At a time when a national power grid had not yet been established, production and distribution of electric power was often a local affair. In 1902 an interurban line was built through Kirkersville. Running on steel rails coursing down the middle of Main Street (the National Road) the cars were powered by electricity supplied from overhead wires. The electricity came from generating stations specifically built to power the light rail cars. Kirkersville, as with other towns along the interurban routes, now had access to inexpensive and reliable electricity for lighting and other needs.
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|Series||This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series|
|Placed By||The Ohio National Road Association, Inc|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 363660 N 4424458|
|Decimal Degrees||39.95928333, -82.59625000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 57.557', W 82° 35.775'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 57' 33.42" N, 82° 35' 46.5" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 176-184 US-40, Etna OH 43018, US|
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