The interesting view of Perry Street from July, 1939 shows the work in progress of removing the trolley tracks. Most of the main roads in Trenton and environs had these tracks before the rubber tired buses came on the scene. The Perry Street Terminal can be seen on the left across from the Royal Crown Cola delivery truck.
When was the removal slated to begin? This pic resembles what most Trenton streets look like these days.The truck in the middle was carrying Royal Crown beverages. Wouldn't the Garden Theater (thee - A - ter) be on your immediate right? The old bus station is up a bit on the left. When I was in the Navy I waited for a few transits up to New York if I didn't wish to take the train. Can't be sure, but is that Arctic Refrigeration just before the bus yard? Up a bit on the right was the old Wise Potato Chip building. Perry Street sure has gone through some transition in the past half century, hasn't it. THe last time I did anything there was to get steaks from the Freeway Steak House in the mid-60s, and that was a real thriller.
Hi Bill: As you know and for those who don't know, the Garden Theater was on North Broad not far from Perry. As to when the trolley track removal project began, I think I recall reading that they began to plan for it in 1938 but I am not sure.
RALPH LUCARELLA said...
HI TOM....WE SPENT MUCH TIME IN THE 1930'S ON PERRY ST. AT SYNDER'S STORE ACROSS FROM THE BUS TERMINAL AND IN THE 1950'S AT MEL BLATT'S STORE NEXT TO THE GARDEN THEATRE ON N. BROAD ST. MEL BLATT INSTALLED THE BOWLING ALLEYS AT OUR HAMILTON BOWLING LANES IN 1955. I RECALL THE TRACKS ON PERRY ST WERE AMONG THE FIRST REMOVED. BEST REGARDS.