BELMAR, NJ — When horse and buggies ruled the roads, Belmar emerged as a trailblazer in another form of transportation — a trolley system that initially ran across the Shark River to Asbury Park and then was extended south to Sea Girt for travel to the “Army camp.”

In its latest “Spotlight on Belmar” video, Belmar Historical Society ventures back to 1893 when the Asbury Park and Belmar Street Railroad Co. was established and provided trolley service through the heart of town for nearly 40 years.

When Belmar officials decided they wanted a trolley service in the borough — just like Asbury Park had at the time — it created quite a stir with 18 companies competing for the contract. “It must have been very profitable and everybody wanted a piece of the transportation pie,” said BHS Vice President Pat O’Keefe, who puts a special call out to residents today in the video, which can be viewed by clicking here.

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Every Sunday, BHS releases a new video on its Facebook page, featuring a society member who explores a specific historical topic related to the borough. Past videos have focused on the borough’s very beginnings, early hotels, Belmar Elementary School, development of transportation, history of beach badges, Inlet Terrace as the world’s largest swimming pool, bridges throughout the years, and its musical scene, as well as several that offer samplings of the society’s extensive 1,100-piece postcard collection.

Another video showcases a variety of exclusive gifts that are available for purchase to support the nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping alive the borough’s colorful and distinctive past.

To learn more about Belmar Historical Society and its many programs and services, visit its website by clicking here.

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