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.

Color image of Filling Stations, 1940. Lithograph on paper by Alexander Oja.

"Filling Stations"

Filling Stations, 1940. Lithograph on paper by Alexander Oja.

Black and white scan of "On the motor – the new conductor announcing the streets." Minneapolis Journal, April 20, 1889.

"On the Motor – the New Conductor Announcing the Streets"

"On the Motor – the New Conductor Announcing the Streets." Minneapolis Journal, April 20, 1889.

Black and white scan of "To be seen on the patrol box at Nicollet Av. and Sixth St." Minneapolis Journal, April 19, 1889.

"To be seen on the patrol box at Nicollet Av. and Sixth St."

"To be seen on the patrol box at Nicollet Av. and Sixth St." Minneapolis Journal, April 19, 1889.

Black and white scan of "Arresting the two young dynamiters who put paper caps on the rails. Minneapolis Journal, April 18, 1889.

"Arresting the Two Young Dynamiters Who Put Paper Caps On the Rails"

"Arresting the two young dynamiters who put paper caps on the rails." Minneapolis Journal, April 18, 1889.

Black and white scan of "Seen on First Avenue South." Minneapolis Journal, April 16, 1889.

"Seen on First Avenue South"

"Seen on First Avenue South." Minneapolis Journal, April 16, 1889.

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.

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