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In 1900 the shortest standard-gauge railroad in the world began operation. It was just ¾ of a mile long and 6 miles from any other rail line. This episode explores the history of the Marion River Carry Railroad.
Postcard circa 1910, Marion River Carry Railroad (Adirondack Experience collection P017157)
Header Image: Rassie Scarritt at the throttle. (Adirondack Experience collection P006879)
Marion River Carry prior to the building of the railroad (Adirondack Experience collection P006881)
Marion River Carry Railroad circa 1900. (Adirondack Experience collection P060935)
Marion River Carry Lower Terminus 1911 (Adirondack Experience collection P007409)
Remains of Marion River Carry Lower Terminus 1957 (Adirondack Experience collection P000767)
Read-aloud – Students can follow along while listening. Download a copy of the transcript here.
Vocabulary – Explore new words. Students will be listening to high-level vocabulary in context. Have them identify the definition. Click here for the vocabulary page.
Geography – Find the towns and waterways from the podcast on the map here.
Cause and effect – Use the attached sheet with students to dig into the events happening in the Adirondack region and the nation. Click here for the activity sheet.
Higher grade level students may want to explore some topics in more depth.
• Alfred G. Vanderbilt
• Robert J. Collier
• Collis P. Huntington
• J. Pierpont Morgan