The Summit Record of June 9, 1906 reported that the Rahway Valley Railroad would soon be completing a track connecting Summit to Elizabeth. Hourly trains would cover the 12-mile distance in 20 minutes. The Common Council considered a proposal to install trolley tracks in East Summit. The Governors of New Jersey and New York appointed members of an interstate commission to investigate the possibility of a “great bridge” across the Hudson River. President Roosevelt and the members of Congress were horrified by the Neill-Reynolds report on the unsanitary conditions in the meat-packing plants of Chicago. Upton Sinclair, whose novel had spurred the investigation, declared that he would continue to oppose the “big beef men”, despite receiving death threats.
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