In 1862 the Girard Station was indeed a busy place, buzzing with excitement about President Abraham Lincoln’s visit. Regarding that president’s stop here: “At Girard station several baskets of splendid fruit and flowers were presented to the Presidential family. No little sensation was produced at this point by the unexpected apparition on the train of Horace Greeley, equipped with a valise and his well known red and blue blankets. He was at once conducted into the car of the President, who came forward to greet him. He got off again at Erie, after traveling about twenty miles with the company.” Quote is from the New York Herald, February 17, 1861 as posted at oldtimeerie.blogspot.com.
So if you make All Aboard Dinor a delicious destination as a scheduled stop for something to eat, take a moment to imagine what it might have been like to walk into that same structure 100 years ago to purchase your ticket to Erie or Ashtabula.
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