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Monday, April 16, 2012

ICC Authorizes Sale of Excursion Tickets to Rock Springs Park

Thursday, April 16, 1908

On this date, The Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington D.C. authorized the sale of excursion tickets to Rock Springs Park. Tickets were available daily, except Sundays, from May 1 to September 30. They were nontransferable and no baggage was to be checked. The ICC would rescind this rate in 1913 upon which the Rock Springs management announced “the poorest season the park had ever experienced in a financial way.”

History: As a result of the failure of states to regulate railroads, the United States Congress passed the Interstate Commerce Act in 1887. The Interstate Commerce Act required that railroads charge fair rates to their customers and make those rates public. This legislation also created the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), which had the authority to investigate and prosecute companies who violated the law. (ohiohistorycentral.com)

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