Sunday, January 24, 2010

Streetcar Sunday - Cleveland, Ohio

This week's installment of Streetcar Sunday takes us to Cleveland, Ohio.  Cleveland once had an extensive streetcar network. In 1904, when developers created a middle- and upper income community of Shaker Heights to the East of Cleveland, they also purchased right-of-way and installed a high-speed electric streetcar to connect Shaker Heights with downtown. The streetcar line was an important tool to guarantee their investment.

The last Cleveland streetcar ran in 1954, relatively late compared to many American cities. Some of the streetcar lines had already been converted to buses or trolley buses before World War II, but once the war started the conversions stopped until the war was over.

Recently there was a move to open a new streetcar museum in Cleveland near the Great Lakes Science Center, using the 31 streetcars inherited from the former Trolleyville USA Museum (also known as the Gerald E. Brookins Museum of Electric Railways.)  The plan also included operating historic streetcars on a short loop near the East Bank and through the Warehouse District. Instead, all but one of the cars were auctioned off. In late 2009, those cars were moved to various cities in the U.S. and Canada. The remaining car will be on display in front of the Children's Museum.

Come back tomorrow for another post on Cleveland. For a detailed history of streetcars in Cleveland, there is a book entitled Cleveland and Its Streetcars, by James Toman and James Spangler.

Please note that I added a few additional cards to previous Streetcar Sunday posts for Washington D.C. and Boston, in case you want to take another look.


  1. Hallo Christine
    Diese alten Stadansichten, voller Menschen und Verkehr, die das normale Alltagsgeschehen zeigen, mag ich am Liebsten.
    Sie wecken in mir immer den Wunsch eine Zeitreise machen zu können.
    Das würde ich so schrecklich gern. Ich würde gar nicht so weit zurückgehen wollen.
    Der Anfang des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts würde mir schon reichen und dann vielleicht ein kleiner Stopp in den roaring twentieth.
    Wär das nicht toll?
    Ich wünsch dir einen schönen Sonntag

  2. I love streetcars and trams. That street scene looks so civilised. Perhaps when all the cheap oil runs out our towns and cities will look like that again.

  3. another wonderful post...we still have trams running across rome, italy - the novelty still hasn't worn off and i get a thrill catching them after years of living here!

  4. Christine:

    Glad you liked the Spud! :)

  5. i love the way the buildings look. a very beautiful postcard :)



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