Lorain, Ohio 4
June 14, 2015
A mystery solved! My clever son did a magical Google search on the building shown below and in the postings of the previous two days. He found photos of it (here and here) shortly after it was built in 1894! Turns out it was a car house, or car barn, constructed to house some of the horse-drawn streetcars that shuttled steel-mill workers to and from work. I can’t find out what else this car barn might have been used for, but elsewhere in the country car barns were used to maintain and repair streetcars, stable the horses that pulled the streetcars, and store material. Some included administrative offices. On the Lake Shore Rail Maps website I read that “[i]n the 1890’s Lorain experienced an industrial and population explosion, due mostly to Tom L. Johnson moving his steel mill to South Lorain in 1894. Johnson had made his fortune in street railways and the new mill was built to produce his patented ‘Jaybird’ streetcar rail.” Whether the Jaybird streetcar rails had anything to do with this car barn I wasn’t able find out.