The first wave of railroad construction was between 1848 and 1853. Three major railroad companies were in competition for control of railroad traffic: the Vermont Central, the Rutland, and the Connecticut and Passumpsic River. This competition led to secretive deal making and some collaboration. The extent of this rivalry conveys a sense of how important people believed the railroads would be in the future of Vermont.
Railways change perceptions
The Rockford Watch Company’s advertisement illustrates the change in time perception brought about by the railroads. People were becoming more concerned with schedules than ever before. What are some of the clues on this document that express the connection between time and the development of the railroads?