Black and white scan "Closed on account of the strike." Minneapolis Journal, April 15, 1889.

"Closed on Account of the Strike"

"Closed on Account of the Strike." Minneapolis Journal, April 15, 1889.

Black and white scan of "The real sufferer."  Minneapolis Journal, April 15, 1889.

"The Real Sufferer"

"The Real Sufferer." Minneapolis Journal, April 15, 1889.

Black and white scan of "The best way to settle it." Minneapolis Journal, April 12, 1889.

"The Best Way To Settle It"

"The Best Way To Settle It." Minneapolis Journal, April 12, 1889.

Twin Cities Streetcar Strike, 1889

Wage cuts to employees of the Minneapolis and St. Paul streetcar companies in 1889 prompted a fifteen-day strike that disrupted business and escalated into violence before its resolution. In spite of public support for the strikers, the streetcar companies succeeded in breaking the strike with few concessions.

Color image of a brass bell from a horse-drawn streetcar used by the Minneapolis Street Railway Company, c.1874–1891.

Brass bell from a horse-drawn streetcar

Brass bell from a horse-drawn streetcar used by the Minneapolis Street Railway Company, c.1874–1891.

Color image of a Minneapolis Street Railway Company fare token (back), c.1905.

Minneapolis Street Railway Company fare token (back)

Minneapolis Street Railway Company fare token (back), c.1905.

Color image of a Minneapolis Street Railway Company fare token (front), c.1905.

Minneapolis Street Railway Company fare token (front)

Minneapolis Street Railway Company fare token (front), c.1905.

Black and white photograph of St. Paul City Railway horsecar number one at Snelling Shops storage shed prior to reconditioning for the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the first horsecar line in St. Paul, 1922.

St. Paul City Railway horsecar number one at Snelling Shops

St. Paul City Railway horsecar number one at Snelling Shops storage shed prior to reconditioning for the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the first horsecar line in St. Paul, 1922.

Black and white photograph of a horsecar in front of Central High School, Minneapolis, 1878.

Horsecar in front of Central High School, Minneapolis

Horsecar in front of Central High School, Minneapolis, 1878.

Black and white photograph of a 1872 horsecar compared to a new electric motor streetcar, May 3, 1921. Photographed by C.J. Hibbard.

1872 horsecar compared to a new electric motor streetcar

1872 horsecar compared to a new electric motor streetcar, May 3, 1921. Photographed by C.J. Hibbard.

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