Black and white photograph of the last streetcar to run on France between Forty-Forth Street and Fifty-Forth Street passes the work crew that is about to tear up the track, August 10, 1952.

Last streetcar to run on France between Forty-Forth Street and Fifty-Forth Street

Looking north on France Avenue at Forty-Sixth Street as the last streetcar to run on France between Forty-Forth Street and Fifty-Forth Street passes the work crew that is about to tear up the track, August 10, 1952.

Black and white photograph of passengers on the last Minneapolis streetcar run, June 18, 1854. Photographed by St. Paul Dispatch & Pioneer Press.

Passengers on the last Minneapolis streetcar run

Passengers on the last Minneapolis streetcar run, June 18, 1854. Photographed by St. Paul Dispatch & Pioneer Press.

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.

Black and white photograph of the interior of Thomas Lowry's private streetcar, c.1900.

Interior of Thomas Lowry's private streetcar

Interior of Thomas Lowry's private streetcar, c.1900.

Black and white photograph of the first electric street cars in Minneapolis, c.1889.

First electric street cars in Minneapolis

First electric street cars in Minneapolis, c.1889.

Black and white photograph of a Grand Avenue Streetcar, St. Paul, c.1910.

Grand Avenue streetcar

Grand Avenue streetcar, St. Paul, c.1910.

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.

Black and white photograph of able cars on the hill before the Selby Tunnel was dug, c.1895.

Cable cars on the hill before the Selby Tunnel was dug

Cable cars on the hill before the Selby Tunnel was dug, c.1895.

Black and white photograph of a six-bench open car and trailer on the Selby Avenue line, St. Paul, 1894.

A six-bench open car and trailer on the Selby Avenue line

A six-bench open car and trailer on the Selby Avenue line, St. Paul, 1894.

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