Horses were very much a part of life in the area that would eventually become Maplewood from who-can-guess-when until the early 20th century.
I recall hearing (from my father, I think) about a prediction that must have been made in the late 19th century. It went something like this. If the population of New York City continues to increase at the present rate, they will be knee deep in horse manure by sometime late in the 20th century.
Of course that didn’t happen. Who could have dreamed at the time that someday carriages would be able to operate just fine without horses (but not without horse power)? It would have been harder for folks back then to imagine than it is for us to foresee a time when the carriages will be able to operate just fine without us drivers as well.
Here is another post on the horse era in Maplewood. I’ll concentrate on the horseless carriages in upcoming posts.