Trial of the Meigs Elevated
"A large delegation from the City Government accepted the invitation of Mr. Meigs to be present, at an exhibition of the workings of the new Elevated Railroad on Monday afternoon last. Notwithstanding the inclement weather there was quite a number of other gentlemen present among whom we noticed ex-Mayor Saunders, County Commissioner Lunt, the legislative committee on prisons, Capt. Fiske, and other representative gentlemen of Cambridge interests. The visitors were shown the construction and working of this new system of Elevated Railroad and taken into the magnificent car and carried over the track backward and forward some tenor a dozen times. Capt. Meigs, explaining and showing wherein his invention was superior to all other systems inasmuch as it is cheaper and safer and does not obstruct the surface roadways. It seemed to be the general expression among those present that an elevated railroad was the one thing needed for Cambridge interests and the Meigs system would fill the bill."
Source: Cambridge Chronicle, January 29, 1887