Color image of a Minneapolis Street Railway Company trade token, 1945–1949.

Minneapolis Street Railway Company trade token

Minneapolis Street Railway Company trade token, 1945–1949.

Black and white photograph of a President's Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar #419, July 27, 1953. Photographed by John Runk, Jr.

President's Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar #419

President's Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar #419, July 27, 1953. Photographed by John Runk, Jr.

Black and white photograph of the interior of a President's Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar, September 5, 1953. Photographed by John Runk, Jr.

Interior of a President's Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar

Interior of a President's Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar, September 5, 1953. Photographed by John Runk, Jr.

Colorized postcard of a Twin City Rapid Transit Company Express boat Hopkins on Lake Minnetonka, c. 1908.

Twin City Rapid Transit Company Express boat

Twin City Rapid Transit Company Express boat Hopkins on Lake Minnetonka, c. 1908.

Black and white photograph of trolley track removal, Fourth and Wabasha, St. Paul, April 12, 1955.

Trolley track removal

Trolley track removal, Fourth and Wabasha, St. Paul, April 12, 1955.

Black and white photograph of Minneapolis farewell to streetcars. TCRT Chairman, Fred A. Ossanna, smashes the window of an electric streetcar following the implementation of motor buses in Minneapolis, 1954.

Minneapolis farewell to streetcars

Minneapolis farewell to streetcars. TCRT Chairman, Fred A. Ossanna, smashes the window of an electric streetcar following the implementation of motor buses in Minneapolis, 1954.

Black and white photograph of Minneapolis Street Railway streetcar tokens, 1947.

Minneapolis Street Railway streetcar tokens

Minneapolis Street Railway streetcar tokens, 1947.

Twin City Rapid Transit Company and Electric Streetcars

Horse car and cable car systems in the Twin Cities spurred urban growth and gave residents more mobility. The coming of the electric streetcar in 1889 had an even greater impact. With cars that could travel faster and farther, the system grew to become one of the nation's finest public transportation networks before the dominance of automobiles and buses in the 1950s.

Cable Cars of the Minneapolis and St. Paul Street Railway Companies

Before Minneapolis and St. Paul upgraded their street railway systems from plodding horse cars to modern electric trolleys, both cities flirted with the use of cable cars. Costly to build, only two lines operated in St. Paul before both cities converted to electric streetcar systems.

Black and white scan of "The situation changed." Minneapolis Journal, April 22, 1889.

"The Situation Changed"

"The situation changed." Minneapolis Journal, April 22, 1889.

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