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.

Black and white photograph of the first horsecar in the Twin Cities (St. Paul Street Railway Company), July 15, 1872.

The first horsecar in the Twin Cities (St. Paul Street Railway Company)

The first horsecar in the Twin Cities (St. Paul Street Railway Company), July 15, 1872.

Black and white photograph of a horsecar in Minneapolis on Plymouth and Bloomington Avenue line, c.1888.

Horsecar in Minneapolis on Plymouth and Bloomington Avenue line

Horsecar in Minneapolis on Plymouth and Bloomington Avenue line, c.1888.

Black and white photograph of a "bobtail" horsecar 94, St. Paul City Railway Company; sign reads Rice Street to West St. Paul via Robert, Ducas, and Concord Streets, c.1883–1889.

"Bobtail" horsecar 94, St. Paul City Railway Company

"Bobtail" horsecar 94, St. Paul City Railway Company; sign reads Rice Street to West St. Paul via Robert, Ducas, and Concord Streets, c.1883–1889.

Black and white photograph of a horse-drawn streetcar in Minneapolis; sign reads Sixth Street, Monroe Street and Eighth Avenue, c.1885. This photograph shows a second team of horses ready to relieve the team on the horsecar.

Horse-drawn streetcar in Minneapolis

Horse-drawn streetcar in Minneapolis; sign reads Sixth Street, Monroe Street and Eighth Avenue, c.1885. This photograph shows a second team of horses ready to relieve the team on the horsecar.

Horsecars of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Street Railway Companies

With the rapid growth of the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the mid-nineteenth century, the need for a reliable form of public transportation became apparent. Horse-drawn streetcars provided the answer and sparked the growth of what would become one of the most extensive streetcar systems in the country.

Color image of Minnesota "Support Our Troops" license plate featuring Harriet, a bald eagle ambassador from the National Eagle Center.

Harriet the bald eagle ambassador

Minnesota "Support Our Troops" license plate featuring Harriet, a bald eagle ambassador from the National Eagle Center.

Black and white photograph of Rachael Hill in a horse-drawn buggy at the James J. Hill House, 240 Summit, St. Paul, 1898.

Rachael Hill in a horse-drawn buggy

Rachael Hill in a horse-drawn buggy at the James J. Hill House, 240 Summit, St. Paul, 1898.

Black and white photograph of the H.M.T. Strathaird, c.1942.

H.M.T. Strathaird

H.M.T. Strathaird, c.1942. The Strathaird transported the initial elements of the Thirty-fourth Division to Northern Ireland in January 1942. The Thirty-fourth was the first US army division to be sent to the European Theater. Photograph by Oliver Stivers of the 151st Field Artillery.

Black and white photograph of the Twin City Television Lab’s mobile unit, c.1948.

Twin City Television Lab mobile unit

Twin City Television Lab’s mobile unit, c.1948.

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