For the first time ever, after decades of research, the story of
Louisville's street railways and their impact on the city is told in
detail in Louisville's Street Railways. The book is supplemented by several hundred photos, drawings, and illustrations, and 14
large-scale maps of Louisville's Street Railway Lines, Interurban
Lines, and Steam Railroad Routes that are enclosed in an envelope and
inserted into the back of the book.
For nearly eight decades, Louisville's street railway system was the
key to the city's growth. Beginning in the late 1860s, the streetcar
lines stretched outside the city limits, beckoning the city to follow. Louisville's Street Railways
tells the fascinating and nearly forgotten history of those early
streetcar days: The street railway wars of the mule car era, the mayor
who was illegally impeached because he wouldn't sign a corrupt franchise
agreement, the conversion of mule cars to electric power, and the
political and financial struggles that kept the streetcar system out of
bankruptcy – even during the Great Depression.