Historical Society of Montgomery County transportation records collection
Held at: Historical Society of Montgomery County [Contact Us]1654 Dekalb Street, Norristown, PA, 19401
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historical Society of Montgomery County. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
Montgomery County, situated in southeastern Pennsylvania, was established in 1784 out of the western portion of Philadelphia County. Part of the Welsh Tract, an area of Pennsylvania settled by Quakers from Wales, it is located along the Schuylkill River. Montgomery County has played an important role in U.S. history, including being the site of such Revolutionary War events as the dramatic reshaping of Washington's Army at Valley Forge and the lesser-known engagement of General Lafayette at Barren Hill. Among its significant residents are military figures Winfield S. Hancock, John F. Hartranft (also Governor of Pennsylvania), and Henry "Hap" Arnold; abolitionist Lucretia Mott; inventors David Rittenhouse and Thaddeus Lowe; and artist Thomas Hovenden. Since its founding, Montgomery County has experienced "booming industry and manufacturing, rich farm fields, advanced transportation, artistic endeavors and unique religious beliefs."
The Historical Society of Montgomery County was established in 1881 as the institutional successor to the Federation of Montgomery County Historical Societies. The Society's mission is "to preserve the county's rich heritage and help tell the stories of the many people who have walked and tended its soil."
Quoted text from: Historical Society of Montgomery County. "Home." Accessed March 2, 2012. http://www.hsmcpa.org/
This collection consists of miscellaneous records relating to transportation in the vicinity of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
The bulk of the collection is records of turnpike companies--companies that built and maintained toll roads. There are also records from several bridge companies, a minute book from the West Philadelphia Railroad Company, and other transportation-related materials. Most of the records are financial--stock transfers, dividend books, ledgers, etc.--but there are also some correspondence and other types of records. There is less than one linear foot of material, and sometimes less than an inch, for each of the transportation companies included in the collection.
A very rough inventory of the collection is provided below. It does NOT cover all the transportation-related records held by the Historical Society of Montgomery County, but provides a general sense of the types of material in the collection.
Company of the Schuylkill Bridge at Norristown stock certificate books (1828 and 1880), ledger, journals (2 volumes)
Delaware-Schuylkill Canal minutes, 1792-1793
Fox Chase and Huntingdon Turnpike Road Company records, 1803-1873
Gwynedd and Blue Bell Turnpike Company records
Gwynedd and Blue Bell Turnpike Company, minute book, 1868-1913
John M. Mears railroad collection of pamphlets and ephemera circa 1850-1946
Limekiln and Colebrookdale Turnpike Road Company
Limekiln Turnpike Company, director's minute book 1881-1921 and stockholder's minute book 1849-1921
Minutes regarding the bridge of the Schuylkill in Lawrenceville, Chester County
Montgomery County roads digest and index of court records, 1706-1784, (5 vols prepared by MCHS, 1921)
Norristown, Bridgeport, King of Prussia Turnpike Company journal and daybook, 1853-1891 and dividend book, 1853-1891
Norristown, Bridgeport, King of Prussia Turnpike Company stock ledger book
Philadelphia and Liverpool Line of Packets ticketing records of George McHenry & Company, Philadelphia scrapbook
Plymouth and Upper Dublin Turnpike Company (blank ledger)
Plymouth and Upper Dublin Turnpike Company stock certificates (blank)
Plymouth and Upper Dublin Turnpike Company, minute book, 1854-1856
Plymouth and Upper Dublin Turnpike notes and documents
Plymouth and Upper Dublin Turnpike Road Company transfer of stock forms and stock certificates
Schuylkill Bridge Company of Norristown stock transfers, 1828-1885 and account book, 1828-1836 and journal (1828-1838), docket (1850-1864)
Schuylkill River Bridge Company minutes, 1868-1885
Skippack Turnpike Road Company notes and documents, 1857-1875
Spring House and Hill Town Turnpike Company stock transfers, 1835-1920 and stock certificates, 1854-1917 and dividend book 1845-1917
Spring House and Hill Town Turnpike Company, dividend book, 1917
Spring House and Sumneytown Turnpike account books and papers
Spring House and Sumneytown Turnpike Company minutes (1845), receipt book (1847-1872), treasurer's book (1815-1874), treasurer's book (circa 1860)
Spring House and Sumneytown Turnpike Company records and ledger, circa 1850-1875
Spring House, Northampton Town, and Bethlehem Turnpike Company minutes, 1813-1853 and treasurer's book, 1849-1919 and toll book, 1849-1915 and stock ledger (1813-1917) and stock ledger index
Spring House, Northampton Town, and Bethlehem Turnpike minute books, 1918-1921 and 1854-1917
West Norriton roads and highways notes and documents
West Philadelphia Railroad Company minute book, 1835-1842
Whitemarsh and Plymouth Turnpike Company and the John Wood & Brothers Company notes and documents
Whitemarsh and Plymouth Turnpike Company notes, documents and minute book
charters and insurance documents for local turnpike companies
charters and insurance documents for local turnpike companies
Miscellaneous civil engineering and turnpike road company records
Materials collected at various times by the Historical Society of Montgomery County.
- Historical Society of Montgomery County
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- Access Restrictions
Contact Historical Society of Montgomery County for information about accessing this collection.