90-year-old trolley discovered (9News.com)

Stourbridge Lion Jul 7, 2006

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    AURORA - The discovery of an old streetcar on a vacant farm was a surprise to almost everyone in Aurora, except one man.

    William Perrott knew the trolley well; he lived in it for five years.

    "It was great for two people, we had a wonderful time," said Perrott of his time with his wife in the trolley.

    However, the trolley's history goes beyond a bedroom and two baths.

    Historians say it was built in Denver in the early 1900's and ran lines between Denver and Aurora up until 1950.

    That's when William Perrott's father Dr. Edwin Perrott bought the trolley for $50 and decided to turn it into a house.

    When it was completed, it had one bedroom, two bathrooms, two kitchens, a living room, dining room and porch.

    "Pretty fancy, huh?" said Perrott.

    After Perrott and his wife moved out of the house, the family rented it out for 30 years. Recently it's sat vacant, and Perrott planned to sell the land and clear the lot; trolley and all.

    "This was to be torn down and hauled away," Perrott said of the trolley.

    However, while the Aurora Police were checking out the vacant structure one day, they realized there was more to it than an empty house.

    "They (the police) said, 'Was this important?' and we said definitely it is," said Director of the Aurora History Museum Gordon Davis.

    Perrott admitted he didn't think anyone would have any use for it, but he realized he was wrong. "The museum got a hold of it and boy they were just so happy, they wanted it very bad and I'm glad it worked out that way," he said.

    On Thursday, the Weitz Company offered its services to move the trolley for the first time in 60 years. It had to be lifted by a crane and placed on a flatbed truck to be relocated.

    "This is exciting, this is one of the days you never expect to see," said Davis.

    The trolley will stay at the town service facility until it can be restored.

    Davis said he doesn't know how much work the trolley needs, or how much it will cost, but right now he's just glad the museum has it.

    "It's wonderful because it's really tells the story of Denver and Aurora's transportation history," said Davis.

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    Historians say the tolley was built in the early
    1900's and ran lines between Denver and
    Aurora up until 1950. July 6, 2006.

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    The trolley will stay at the town service facility
    until it can be restored and become an official
    part of the Aurora History Museum. July 6, 2006.

    [​IMG] [FONT=arial, helvetica, sans serif]A piece of rolling history is found in Aurora after an old wooden trolley trailer was discovered. 9NEWS at 6 p.m. July 6, 2006.

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