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Portland's Streetcars (Images of Rail)

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Publisher Comments:

Street railways arrived early in Portland and made lasting social and economic contributions that are still apparent in the layout and character of the city's neighborhoods today. During the 1890s, streetcar lines spread rapidly into the West Hills and across the Willamette River. The technological prowess of the growing "Rose City" was reflected in the largest horsecar in the Northwest, the second steepest cable car grade in the nation, the first true interurban railway, and an annual illuminated trolley parade. By the dawn of the 20th century, Portland could boast of the largest electric railway system in the West, as well as its first eight-wheeled streetcar. The streetcars lasted into the late 1950s here, and then, after a hiatus of nearly 30 years, were rediscovered by a new generation of urban planners.

Book News Annotation:

Thompson has worked as a museum archivist, curator, and editor. He rode the last Portland, Oregon trolleys as a child and was actively involved in bringing trolleys back to life in Portland in the early 1990s. Following a brief introductory essay outlining the history of streetcars in Portland from 1872 to the present day, Thompson offers a collection of vintage photographs to illustrate the contribution that the streetcar made to everyday life. No subject index. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Author Richard Thompson has worked as a museum archivist, curator, and editor, and has been a crew coordinator for Portland Vintage Trolley, Inc. since its inception. In this new volume, he draws upon an extensive collection of vintage photographs to tell a fascinating story. Come aboard as Thompson takes readers back to the pioneering days of mass transit in Portland and explores the streetcar’s unique role in the development of a burgeoning city.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780738531151
Author:
Thompson, Richard
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Or
Subject:
RAI; TRA
Subject:
Portland (Or.) History.
Subject:
Electric railroads - Oregon - Portland
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Images of Rail
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9.24x6.54x.35 in. .72 lbs.

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