Innovation in Transportation
Today, the Green Mountain Byway is a well-traveled stretch of highway. But its historical significance as a transportation hub predates today’s automobile traffic.
One Trolley, Two Towns
Waterbury and Stowe share a unique history along Route 100 due to the electric train that traveled daily between them for over 25 years. The Mount Mansfield Electric Railroad, chartered in 1894, improved access to seemingly distant markets. Stowe pledged $40,000 of town funds and enlisted Boston investors to build the “Trolley” from the Waterbury Railroad Station to the Depot building.
For 35 years, passengers and freight were carried on five cars to Waterbury Center then along the current roadbed of Route 100 to Stowe’s Lower Village. From finished wood products to butter tubs filled-to-brimming for Boston, the hard-working system was a link for the booming central Vermont economy, historians said.
First Paved Road in the State
In 1932, the right-of-way was passed to the state which turned much of the rail bed into the first concrete paved road in Vermont, Route 100.