In 1891 the Beaver Valley Traction Company, an electric streetcar line, was founded in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. The new company purchased the existing track of a horse-drawn railway, retired the horses, and electrified the line. The northern terminus of the line was extended north along 4th Street to the area south of the Wallace Run ravine known as Morado. Today it’s where the Route 18 bridge crosses Wallace Run and traffic enters into northern Beaver Falls.
The area in Morado where the streetcar line ended was eventually made into a small picnic area known as Morado Springs Park or simply Morado Park. There was not much there initially but in January 1901 the Beaver Valley Traction Company decided to turn Morado Park and Junction Park, located just south of New Brighton, into first-rate picnic grounds. The company-owned parks, with dancing pavilions and a few amusement rides, would be open to the public but were generally free for employees of the streetcar company.
Morado Park featured a large dancing pavilion, a band stand, several service buildings, and a carousel ride. It was easily accessible on the streetcar line and was very popular for hosting such things as dancing events, family reunions, and company picnics. Over the years the streetcar company generally neglected the park although it remained a favorite place to relax for local residents on summer days. Attendance at the park and others like it suffered with the widespread use of the privately-owned automobile (and bus service) beginning in the 1920’s and during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. The end certainly came with the closing of the streetcar line by the Beaver Valley Traction Company, which fully converted to more economical bus service, in August 1937. The park quickly fell into disuse and not much remains of it today.
To read a short article from January 1901 about the Beaver Valley Traction Company upgrading Morado Park into a “first-class picnic grounds” click on: TO PLOW THE BIG BEAVER ARTICLE.
The top of the company letterhead from Morada Park. (c1925) Full Size
A Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad (P&LE) train steams along the Beaver River just below Morado Park. (c1912)
Wallace Run flows though the park. (c1907)
Patrons enjoy a picnic in the park. (c1907) Full Size
A busy day at Morado Park. (c1906) Full Size
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A train of the Fort Wayne Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) steams by the park during the winter time. (c1910)