Railroads 1848 – 1915

An interesting bit of railroad history was related when 1915 Eli S. Terry “Ted” received notice in the Albany Press for his Forty Year Medal as an engineer.

Mr. Terry began railroad work in 1848 at 12 years of age. His job was to ride
horseback from the station to Death Rock to see if the Champlain Steamboat was approaching, using field glasses. He would ride to the biggest top of the mountain and wigwag his information to the station. If the boat was not too belated the train would be held. If it was, the passengers would have to wait in Whitehall until another southbound train left the station.

Doris B. Morton, Town Historian – The Whitehall Times – July 2, 1987