Removal of the trolley tracks on Washington Street

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Removal of the trolley tracks on Washington Street

Description

Image of the removal of the trolley tracks on Washington Street in Providence, R.I. on August 9, 1951.

During the early nineteenth century, public transportation was confined primarily to horse drawn vehicles of the Union Railroad, which had been established by Amasa and William Sprague in 1865. One of the reasons for the Union Railroad was to bring workers and good to and from their Cranston Print Works.

When the Sprague textile empire collapsed in 1873, a group of stockholders headed by Jesse Metcalf, prominent Providence businessman and part owner of the Providence Journal, purchased the Sprague horse car trolley enterprise. Metcalf led the way for a drive to electrify the horse-car railway and was successful by 1892, when the first electric trolley was operating in Providence. This meant inexpensive transportation to Pawtuxet and other Warwick villages from Providence and other areas of Rhode Island.

See also:
Records Created by Rhode Island. Department of Public Works

Source

C#1851

Publisher

Rhode Island State Archives

Date

August 9,1951

Rights

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jpeg

Language

eng

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photo

Citation

Rhode Island. Department of Public Works (1935 -1969), "Removal of the trolley tracks on Washington Street," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #718, http://sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/items/show/718 (accessed November 18, 2017).