A PROJECT TO CONNECT BRIDGTON AND HARRISON WITH A ROAD WHICH WILL CARRY BOTH FREIGHT AND PASSENGERS.
For some weeks past Portland parties together with prominent citizens of Harrison and Bridgton have been considering the building of an electric road from Bridgton to Harrison, for both freight and passenger service and also for furnishing light and power to those two places. So enthusiastically was the project received by the people of the two towns and also of Waterford and surrounding place, that a superior water power has been looked up and the option of it secured, and a petition for a charter will soon be circulated for presentation to the legislature. It appears that the large lumber and farming country around Harrison, Waterford, and South Waterford has no outlet for its products except by team to Norway, on the Grand Trunk railroad, or to Bridgton on the Bridgton & Saco River railroad. It is proposed to construct an electric road of the same gauge as that now running from Bridgton to Bridgton Junction, so that cars can be loaded at Harrison and taken to the Maine Central railroad at Bridgton Junction without change.
Eventually the road will be extended to Waterford and Waterford Flat. Not only will freight be handled extensively but arrangements will be made for the accommodation of a large passenger traffic.
Parties who have traveled through this section know that few places in Maine offer greater attractions to the tourist and health seeker, and already several beautiful summer residences have been built here by Portland people. The writer learned that Mr. P. Tolman of Harrison was in town yesterday on business connected with the proposed road. It is rumored that the Giant Electric Company of this city is largely interested in the enterprise, and will equip both the road and electric light plant. –Press of Wednesday.
~ The Bridgton News, Jan 13, 1893.