Early Springfield Ordinances
From Directory of the City of Springfield
John W. Kees & Co., Springfield. 1852
Regulating the speed of locomotives and railroad cars in the city of Springfield
Sec. 1. Be it, and it is hereby ordained by the city council of Springfield, That no locomotive or railroad car shall be run or propelled on any railroad track in said city at greater speed or velocity than at the rate of six miles an hour within the following points, to wit: between the street known as Factory street and a north and south line drawn from the bridge across the Mad River and Lake Erie railroad on the street known as High street.
Sec. 2. And it is further ordained that if any engineer, conductor or railroad company, shall violate the provisions of the first section of this ordinance, he, they, or such company shall forfeit and pay over to said city for each and every such offense, a fine of not less than five nor more than fifty dollars; and it is hereby made the duty of the mayor on complaint made, to commence suit against such conductor, engineer or company, and assess and collect a fine according to the provisions of this ordinance.
This ordinance to take effect from the first of February, 1852.
JAMES M. HUNT
Mayor of the city of Springfield
Passed January 7, 1852.