The New Hampshire Traction Company
"Our Town" by James W. Tucker
Thursday, October 18, 1951PART 4
The nineteenth century really started rolling on the wheels of trolley cars. And it was these same wheels, as we have endeavored to show over the last three weeks, which started Hampton Beach rolling on its way to national recognition in the recreation field. Back of the many trolley lines, organized in this section, was a shrewd, resourceful promoter, Wallace D. Lovell. With his associates, Mr. Lovell was responsible for the first street railways, the Casino, the "Mile-Long Bridge" and the summer band concerts which have continued uninterrupted for nearly half a century. He was indirectly responsible for the Exeter and Hampton Electric company, the Hampton Water company, the Hampton Beach Improvement company and even the New Hampshire Electric company, with headquarters in Portsmouth.
The Trolley Parks
Mr. Lovell knew at a single glance the splendid potentialities of Hampton Beach as a mecca for trolley riders. Nature had provided an unrivaled set-up. Here were cool breezes, exhilarating surf bathing, acres of soft warm sand, and a beautifully diversified shore-line setting for the limitless blue Atlantic Ocean.
Here was a natural magnificence which would dwarf the puny parks his colleagues were building in inland sections of New Hampshire and nearby Massachusetts. Here was the proper setting for a large Casino to augment the recreation facilities which nature had so generously provided. And that was the beginning of the greater Hampton Beach with which we are all acquainted. The least our town can do in honor of Mr. Lovell -- a man who did so much for our town, is to give his name to some important street or road which may be built at some future time.
3 New Operating Companies
More Street Railways
The Final Merger
Five Years of Growth