Big Doing’s at the Hillsborough Train Station Part I

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This image taken in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, is Part I of a series of three where the photographer captured an important scene at the train station. We do not know the date or the occasion, but it appears that either a VIP or a politician has stopped at the station and the townspeople can be seen waving their hats and hands in response. Note the smoke appearing to come from a steam locomotive on the left that can be seen above the station building indicating a brief stop, and the short length of the train.

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This image is part of an ongoing effort to help the Hillsborough Historical Society to identify the cars and trucks in the photographs in their archives. Please take the time to look at the two enlargements above and help us to identify and date the cars for them. Three Model “T” Fords can be seen in the photo, but the rest may take a bit more work to determine their maker. Let us know what you may find. Other interesting earlier photos from the Society can be found here.

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11 Responses to Big Doing’s at the Hillsborough Train Station Part I

  1. Eric Armstrong says:

    Perhaps an enlargement of the area of the photo that shows the rear platform of the train car would reveal the person that the folks came to see.

  2. Ken Fowle says:

    Have you been able to date the license plates ?

  3. Ariejan Bos says:

    Results until now: front row (l. to r.): 1915 Cadillac, Ford, 1912 Overland roadster (not a Buick!) and unknown. Across the street (l. to r.): Ford, 1914 Overland touring, Ford, possibly 1915 Overland roadster (flat sloping back, no visible gas tank anymore) and finally probably a 1916c Cadillac. The Ford (at least the ones with visible front) are 1916.

  4. jsfury says:

    David, Is it Teddy Roosevelt making a campaign stop up there in New Hampshire? Ah yup?

  5. Stewart Crawford says:

    Probably 1916 Presidential campaign “whistle stop”. None of the cars identified by Mr. Bos are newer than 1916. I doubt if candidates for N.H. Governor, Senator or Representative would have used a train for campaigning in such a small state. Presidential candidates were Woodrow Wilson ( for 2nd term ) and Charles Evans Hughes.

  6. William A Cohen says:

    Re: Mr. Bos ID’s-
    I believe the second car “across the street” is a 1913 Overland Model 71, not a 1914 Model 79. The Model 71 was the last of the big, 45 HP, 4-cylinder, “oil pump” Overland motors.
    Note the full-floating rear end (large diameter rear hubcaps) and the running board toolboxes, the Model 79 has neither. Also, the windshield braces run forward to the cowl lamp brackets, on the Model 79 they run aft to the body.

    • Ariejan Bos says:

      William, I guess you’re right. I also have the impression that the 1914 side lamps are somewhat smaller than on this one. The tool box seems to me to be an accessory. Also I have the impression that the hubcap diameter changed in 1915, not 1914. However the windshield braces are a strong point. Must admit of course that I’m not the real specialist, but there will be some Overland specialist around who will know of course.

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