LOUISVILLE'S STREET RAILWAYS AND HOW THEY SHAPED THE CITY'S GROWTH

LOUISVILLE'S STREET RAILWAYS AND HOW THEY SHAPED THE CITY'S GROWTH

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New Book
Martin Biemer, James Calvert and George Yater 336 pages hardcover

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.