Sunday, January 30, 2011

A streetcar named The Bywater....

It was announced this past week that the streetcar will be extended to run from Canal Street to Poland Street in the Bywater running along Rampart Street and St. Claude! This means we will have a street car to get around town just 3 blocks from our house!

After hearing the news of course I googled to find out a little more about the history of the streetcars here in New Orleans. I was shocked to see how many lines were in use in the early 1900's. A couple of major lines were operating from the mid 1800's up until the late 1920's - 30's - then came the car.

Esplanade Avenue streetcar
Fun Facts:

 -  The St. Charles street car line is the oldest continuously operating street railway system in the world

 St. Charles Avenue Streetcar

- There once was a line that connected New Orleans to KENNER!!

 Canal Street Streetcar

- Though short-lived, the first true streetcar line to begin operation in New Orleans was the Poydras-Magazine Street line, having opened the first week of January 1835


- The Desire Streetcar line ran through the French Quarter to it's namesake in the Bywater. It was immortalized in Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire. 


1 comment:

Ginger said...

Kenner brah?! That is definitely surprising.