vermont historical society link HISTORY PROJECT LINK INFORMATION LINK

In Memoriam -
Maggie Bensen
What We Did
What We Did: Part 1
What We Did: Part 2
What We Did: Part 3
What We Did: Part 4
What We learned
Moving People
Moving Freight
Moving the River
Oral History
Barre Historical
Barre Elementary
and Middle School

Barre Community History Project -

Mountain King being loaded - c 1890
post card

What We Learned: Moving Freight

The students had already learned about the importance of the railways for the growth of Barre as a granite center. But on their field trip, they discovered that granite was not the only freight exported from Barre or brought into Barre by train. The students saw advertisements for Poultry Trains, carrying butter, cheese, chickens and other farm produce to the large markets in Boston. Coming the other way were the Sunday newspapers on a special train.

Although passenger service has been discontinued from Barre. Trains continue to be used for the transportation of granite and other freight.

The trains meant a great deal to the granite industry. The imported granite, hauling grout to many different waste dumps on the premises.