Newspaper advertisement for the Reliance Line, March 1843.
flipFlip to William C. Goodridge’s Centre Hall, York Gazette and Business Directory, 1857.
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Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

In the 1840s and 1850s African-American businessman William Goodridge owned and operated the Reliance Line, a freight service that carried farm produce and other country merchandize on rail lines that extended from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and south to Hagerstown, Maryland. The Reliance Line also played a role in the Underground Railroad. 

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