by Richard Palmer
A mural depicting the moment when Abraham Lincoln's inaugural train stopped
in Clyde was unveiled during ceremonies held August 15, 2009. Clyde was the
only stop made between Rochester and Syracuse by the Lincoln Inaugural train
on Monday, February 18, 1861. It is said more than 3,000 people witnessed the
It was a typical snowy day in central New York, but the President elect
addressed an immense crowd which had gathered at the Clyde depot. At the
time Clyde was a wood and water stop on the mainline of the New York Central.
In 2009 several hundred people braved 90 degree temperatures to attend the
unveiling ceremony. The mural is located at 17 Sodus Street. It was part of the
village's 200th anniversary celebration that also included firemen's field days.
Clyde author and historian, Wayne Morrison, and John Fagant, a historical author
researching the Lincoln Inaugural train journey, were guest speakers.
The inaugural train only made a five-minute stop in Clyde, at 8:50 a.m. while
enroute from Buffalo to Albany. The schedule of the train was as follows:
Leave Buffalo at 6 a.m.
Arrive Batavia, 6:30 a.m. Leave 6:35 a.m.
Arrive Rochester, 7:40 a.m. Leave 7:50 a.m.
Arrive Clyde, 8:50 a.m. Leave 8:55 a.m.
Arrive Syracuse, 10 a.m. Leave 10:05 a.m.
Arrive Utica, 11:30 a.m. Leave 11:35 a.m.
(No more stops until Albany, arrive there at 2:30 p.m.)
John H. Brown of Syracuse was the locomotive engineer on the train from
Rochester to Syracuse. The train laid over in Albany that night and proceeded to
New York the following morning on the Hudson River Railroad and then on to
Washington via a circuitous route due to rumors of an assassination attempt.