ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) The Mark Twain Trolley tours officially launched for the season, Tuesday morning.
The trolley took history fans and anyone curious about the history of Elmira around the city. Some historic sites were pointed out along the way with a stop at Elmira College.
Some of the riders were out-of-towners and local residents. One of the trolley drivers said even long-time residents learned something new.
“It’s amazing to me when people from Elmira get off the trolley and say ‘I lived here all my life but I never knew that,'” Gary Packard, the trolley driver, said. “That’s a very satisfying thing because the area has a lot of fantastic history.”
Visitors got Woodlawn National Cemetery, the Prison Camp, and a number of other places.
Jim Berg, a visitor from Minnesota visiting Elmira for the first time, said he was surprised that the New York State Fair started here, and that Hal Roach was from Elmira.
“Hal Roach was the guy that made all these ‘Little Rascal’ movies and ‘Laurel and Hardy,'” Berg said, “movies which were my favorite growing up as a kid. It was great.”
His son Tre Reaume was with him. Reaume in an Elmira resident and has lived in the city for almost seven years. He said he also enjoyed learning about the city that he did not know.
“The beauty of Elmira, not only people who we’ve gotten to meet over the last five years living here, but the culture, the history, the development now,” Treaume said. “The current development, which is also going to be park of history so that’s my biggest take away of the tour.”
The trolley tours begin and end at the Chemung County Historical Museum located at 415 E. Water Street in Elmira. Tickets need to be purchased in advance from the museum. Tickets are $8 and the trolley operates Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, during July and August
Riders will get a brochure with special offers and discounts to local businesses.