A Splendid Ride

A Splendid Ride

The Streetcars of Kansas City, 1870-1957

Book - 2002
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Illustrated history of Kansas City's streetcar system, beginning with horse drawn cars in 1870. In the 1880s, Kansas City built the country's third-largest cable car system. By the turn of the century, cable and horse cars were rapidly replaced by electric streetcars. The streetcar network grew to more than 300 miles of track, not including interurban lines that stretched in six directions, some more than 40 miles. In the 1930s, competition from automobiles and growing expenses caused the operators to begin converting to buses. Streetcars enjoyed a brief resurgence during and just after World War II, but then were increasingly replaced by gasoline and then diesel buses. Kansas City's last streetcar ran on June 23, 1957.
Publisher: Kansas City, Mo. : Kansas City Star Books, 2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780972273985
Branch Call Number: 625.5 DOD
Characteristics: 208 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Call Number: 625.5 DOD


From Library Staff

Well researched and wonderfully illustrated, this is the essential volume on the history of Kansas City's streetcar age from just after the Civil War until the reshaping of the city in the urban renewal period.

I've already admitted a fondness for maps; here's my open admission of public transit love. Dodd gave us a great overview of public transportation in KC illustrated with dozens of gorgeous photos (many from your own MVSC!) This is an especially good pick for families with train/bus/streetcar lovi... Read More »

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