Lunch Cart on River Street

A look at Canton’s Past.

This lunch cart was located on River Street in Collinsville in the early 1900s,  close to the river.  It was opposite the Collinsville Railroad Depot and directly across from the Collinsville Hotel, both of which were later demolished to make way for Route 179 to go through and bypass Main Street. 

At the time, However, the lunch cart was located so as to lure customers from the depot and hotel, as well as from all the schools nearby and the Collins Company, as well as being on a main highway. 

That is all we know about the lunch cart.  Can you identify who ran it and what kind of food they served?   There are two men and two little boys in the photo.

Amy April 02, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Can you enhance the photo to see what the paper sign on the telephone says? Might give you a clue...
Jim April 02, 2011 at 03:06 AM
Looks to me like it's lunch "car", not "cart"
John Fitts (Editor) April 02, 2011 at 03:16 AM
I did notice that but believe Kathleen used cart in an informal way.
John Fitts (Editor) April 02, 2011 at 10:01 AM
Amy, I tried to read to enhance the photo to read the sign but couldn’t. I can check to see if the museum has a print of the photo, which may have better detail.


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