The Hoodlebug


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The Hoodlebug

A narrow gauge railway was completed in the late 1870s to connect Chagrin Falls and Solon. The railroad was equipped with a small wood burning engine, passenger car, and flat cars. In deference to a long standing rivalry between the towns, financier William "Boss" Hutchings of Chagrin Falls named his railroad the Chagrin Falls and Southern Railroad Company. Solon residents, in turn, bestowed the nickname "The Hoodlebug Railroad" upon the train.

A spur line of the railway led into Griffithsburg, providing much needed assistance in the transportation of stone from the whetstone factory and quarries to the Erie Railroad. Remnants of the tracks can still be found near the Quarry Rock Picnic Area.


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