Summer during the late 1800s and early 1900s, was a busy time in Wickford, as many well-to-do people from out of town passed through on their way to Newport. They traveled on the railway run by the Newport and Wickford Railroad and Steamboat Company. The company constructed the railway in 1871, laying track from Wickford Junction (near the present-day MBTA station) to Wickford Landing (at the end of present-day Steamboat Avenue). From Wickford Landing, passengers would board a steamship which carried them the rest of the way to Newport. Belleville Station, which was located at the present day Wickford Lumber on Boston Neck Rd., was one of the stops along the way. This ticket was good for a trip from Belleville Station to Providence, by way of Wickford Junction, where the Newport and Wickford line connected to the Boston and Providence Railroad.