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The Oil City/Franklin PA trolley system plot map.

Trolley Lines plot map./Angie Ziegler Hall

On the way to Monarch Park

Trolley Car/Shipwash

Oil City Trolley

Oil City Trolley

Trolley in winter at Monarch Park/Shipwash

Trolley Yard/Shipwash

Trolley on State Street Bridge Oil City, PA

Oil City, PA. The Smithman Trolley bridge is the center bridge, the other two were toll bridges./Bowen

Oil City, PA. Smithman Trolley Bridge. Connected Central Ave. & Main St./Bowen

The Reno Bridge/Bowen

Big Rock Bridge, Franklin, PA/Shipwash

The Big Rock Bridge after the collapse showing what is left./Bowen

The Big Rock Bridge after the collapse floating down the river./Bowen

Mar. 24 1961, Big Rock Bridge

Aug. 13, 1963 Big Rock Bridge

The February,1926 ice gorge that destroyed the bridge is frequently cited as the reason Monarch Park closed. But Citizens Traction had announced in December, 1925 that the street cars would no longer make the Monarch Park run.

Aug. 14 1961, Big Rock Bridge

Big Rock Bridge

Aug. 07, 1963 Street Car Station at Monarch Park

Aug. 12, 1963 An Open Street Car for summer use.

Aug. 23, 1963 Park Service

Aug. 24, 1963 Summer Car

Trolleys at Monarch Park

Trolleys with men in front./Shipwash

Names of the men standing in front of the trolley cars./Shipwash

Trolley workmen/Shipwash
Their names are in the article below.

Oct. 02, 1963 History of Street Car System and Monarch Park

Oct. 03, 1963 Accident Location

Dec. 05, 1963 Street Car Crews

Inside Trolley