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The Owl's Auto Parade in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1909, rolling south on Paint St. past Huntington Row; first the marchers, then an electric trolley, and then the autos.

An early advertisement in national magazine, Motor Age noted the automobile was "light, powerful, swift and silent" and that the Logan "Blue Streak" was a semi-racer. The engine was 24-horsepower and the vehicle was sold for $1,750.

The Hudson dealership in Chillicothe was by Herrnstein-Walsh Auto Sales on West Water Street. They also sold Mohawk tires and various recaps.

Police patrol in a Logan Automobile,  Logan manufactured automobiles between 1903 and 1908. They were the first automobile manufactures ever to export vehicles overseas.

Charles Jones driving his mother and sister in an Arbenz Motor Car, 1912. The Arbenz company of  manufactured touring cars and roadsters between 1911 and 1918. Note the smooth rubber tires.

Chillicothe first auto owner  

Clarence Caldwell at the wheel of the tow truck in front of Miller's Garage. The building is still on Eastern Avenue right where it joins Hickory across from Poland Park .

Tom Placier photo

Logan Truck about 1906 on East Street in Chillicothe.  This was the first American Co. to export trucks (two delivered trucks) to China in 1905). 

Electric Street Railway Light and Power Company May 13, 1916

The Hub November 1916

Chillicothe Electric and Power Plan that powered the street cars
Scioto Valley Traction Depot

Scioto Valley Traction Depot 1918

Chillicothe's Arbenz auto factory at the left and the Florentine Pottery Co. at the right background, this photo was taken from atop the B&O coal tipple on Watt Street in 1896 while it was a furniture factory.
Building was built originally as the Arbenz Furniture Factory in 1888 using 1,500,000 bricks.  In 1910 the factory was retooled to assemble automobiles.  All parts were made elsewhere.

Scioto Valley Traction Depot 1912

Columbus Pike Bridge (left) and Scioto Valley Traction Co. Bridge in the Summer. The steel bridge on the left was built in 1888
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A 1913 Arbenz Touring Car, built in Chillicothe on the Southeast corner of Jackson and Washington Avenue.   The Touring Car had rear wheel drive, a front positioned engine and a 4 door tourer body style.  Its engine is a naturally aspirated petrol, 4.6 litre, side valve 4 cylinder with 2 valves per cylinder.  A 3 speed manual transmission supplies the power to the driven wheels.  Fuel system, 1 Schebler carburettor.  Originaly mounted front tires are 36 x 4, rear 36 x 4.

A 1913 Arbenz Roadster.  These cars were built between 1911 and 1917 

      The Scioto Car Co. (1911-1912) then The Arbenz Car Co. (1912-1918) produced an Automobile called the Arbenz. Fred Arbenz was president and founder of the company. His son Nand Arbenz was designer of the mid priced Arbenz. 
     The Scioto Car Co. was named after the Scioto river.   In 1912 the company was renamed after it's founder, Fred Arbenz.  The automobile name was spelled "ArBenZ" in advertising reportlly to take advantage of the popular Benz automobile made in Germany. 
     Early ArBenZ automobiles were equipped with four cylinder engines that developed 40 horsepower. In the 1914 ArBenZ advertising list their Touring Cars at $1885.00. Starting in 1916 the ArBenz produced a smaller and cheaper automobile with a 17 horsepower Lycoming engine that sold for $625.00.
    The ArBenZ was equipped with a special rear axle and transmission. The axle was full floating and had extra heavy pitch gears. The transmission was integral with rear axle and had three speeds forward and a reverse. With the axle and transmission connected together only one universal joint between motor and rear wheels. Another unusual feature was the fully enclosed 16 inch brakes.
    In September 1918 The ArBenZ Car Co. suspended operation because Nand Arbenz was called into the service due to WWI and the difficulties experienced in obtaining material and labor.
    Touring Cars and Roadsters were produced from 1911 to 1918.

    In March 1916, ArBenz was taken over by the National United Service Company, which was acquiring automotive brands for yet another attempt to take onGeneral Motors. NUSC announced that it would continue ArBenz production, but by 1918 the only cars assembled were from remaining parts. 

​    In February 1918, it was announced that the ArBenz Car Company would move to Shelby, Ohio, where the company would make farm tractors.  

The Model D Logan built in Chillicothe in 1905 by the Logan Company. The Logan Construction Company operated between 1903-1908

1905 Logan Tonneau

The 1901 Buckeye was the first auto to be built in Chillicothe by the same men who built the Logan, Benny Graham.

1940 Public Transport Inc. Bus # 8 in Chillicothe, Ohio
photo by Arthur Rothstein

Former Chillicothe Railway Company street car Barn site corner of Delano and Arch Streets

photo by Tyrone Hemry August 2011

Paint Street, Chillicothe as seen from Water Street. Note the street cars at the corner of Second and Paint Street

Chillicothe Railway Company street Car near Hotel Warner about 1918

The last Chillicothe Railway Company street car making the last run as it turns on to Paint Street from Main. Note Carlisle building in the back ground.

The Chillicothe Electric Railroad and Light & Power Company ticket

Chillicothe Railway Company street Car Barn corner of Delano and Arch Streets, Chillicothe

Chillicothe Railway Company Street car at Eastern School Building

An old Chillicothe street car

Street car snow plow in front of the electric company garage as one looks east on West Water Street, Chillicothe, Ohio

Chillicothe trolley heading west on Second St., at the intersection with Paint. This particular one is heading to Camp Sherman.  This would make it to be around 1917-1919 period.

Women Street Car Conductor in 1903
Quote in a 1903 copy of Machinists' Monthly Journal (Volume 15), one of which was this amusing anecdote.

Scioto Valley Traction substation and temporary freight and passenger station at Chillicothe

Scioto Valley Traction Car in front of the Chillicothe Terminal which was used until the depot was built in 1908.  The twin Bridges are to the left of this picture.

The Scioto Valley Traction Company was completed in 1904 from Columbus via Lancaster to Chillicothe and ended passenger service in 1930.  The SVT was Ohio's only third rail electric
interurban.  In the rural county side the cars received their 600 volt DC power from the third rail which sat adjacent to the running track.  When on city streets the conductor would put the trolley pole on an overhead wire to receive power.  Those conductors were skilled at putting up that trolley pole while the car was still moving.  An acquired skill as both the trolley wire and trolley pole would be in constant motion.

Renamed 1923 to Scioto Valley Railway & Power Co.

Interurban lines:
Columbus-Circleville (constructed 1904)
Circleville-Chillicothe (constructed 1905)
Columbus-Lancaster (constructed 1904)
Abandoned 1930

Scioto Valley Railway & Power Co. affiliate Valley Public Service  Co. operated buses replacing the interurban railway lines. In 1945, the  bus company was sold to Greyhound, and in 1949 the bus routes were transferred to Lake Shore Coach Lines. Service continued until 1974.

Scioto Valley Traction Car by the twin Bridges at Chillicothe

Columbus Pike Bridge (left) and Scioto Valley Traction Co. Bridge in the winter

Scioto Valley Bridge across the Scioto River at Chillicothe

Columbus Pike Bridge (left) and Scioto Valley Traction Co. Bridge in Chillicothe abt. 1918
Work on building the bridge started 7 October 1904 and was finished 7 August 1905.  On August 25 the first special car with officials ran to Chillicothe and regular service started Saturday 26 August 1905.

April 1930 service was discontinued with the last car out to Chillicothe leaving at 11:00p.m. with motor man William Rigney, and conductor George Gallager in charge.

Prior to 1894 - Chillicothe Electric Railway & Lighting Co.
1894-1904 - Chillicothe Electric Railroad Light & Power Co.
1904-1923 - Scioto Valley Traction Co.
1923-1930 - Scioto Valley Railway & Power Co. (United Light & Power Co.)
1930 - streetcars discontinued about February
Private bus co. in 1952 - Public Transport

Transportation in Chillicothe, Ohio  A look at pictures of street cars and automobiles built in Chillicothe, Ohio

Chillicothe busy street scene at Paint and Main, with a city transit bus, descendent of the streetcar system.  

Chillicothe Railway Company street Car near corner of Paint and Main Streets

     Here is how they tested their regular stock three-ton truck by delivering a load of canned goods in Cincinnati, Ohio. One hundred cases were loaded in the truck and started from the factory at 1:00 pm, reaching Washington Courthouse at night, having made a distance 32 miles in about four hours. One bad washout was passed "without difficulty." The next day, the journey was continued to Dayton, Ohio, in the "midst of a pouring rain, which made the roads very slippery." The party started off for Cincinnati at 7:00 am the next morning and the 62 miles  were "covered in good shape," the truck arriving at the garage of the Cincinnati Automobile Company at a little before 6:00 pm. According to the company; "not a tool had been touched to the truck during the trip, and most of the way had been made on the high gear."

 President William Howard Taft riding in the back seat of one of the Arbenz touring cars when he was campaigning in Chillicothe in 1912.