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Clinton Folger's "Horsemobile"

Clinton Folger's "Horsemobile" delivering mail, on South Beach Street, at Hayden's Bath House entrance.


For nearly twenty years, from 1900 to 1918, Nantucket was the only place in the nation that successfully fought encroachment of the automobile within its limits. Opposing politicians on the mainland and large property owners, mostly non-residents, Nantucketers kept the island free of the "gasoline buggy" until the final vote of the town on May 15, 1918. By the narrow margin of forty - 326 to 286 - the automobile was allowed entry.


Clinton Folger was the mail carrier for Nantucket. Because cars were forbidden by the town, he towed his car to the state highway for driving to Siasconset.


Image number: 14797

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Taken on February 12, 2003