A Splendid Ride

A Splendid Ride

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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.As long as the weather was nice, this experimental electric car drew riders in 1886 along a one-mile stretch of Fifth Street in northeast Kansas City. Winter made the ... Power came from a generator in a frame building at 39th Street and Broadway. At the first public demonstration of his electric car, Henry was able to start it and achieve a speed of 12 miles an hour. After it traveled a ... As a novelty, the Fifth Street ride with its four open cars won customers in warm weather. When coldanbsp;...

Title:A Splendid Ride
Author: Monroe Dodd
Publisher:Kansas City Star Books - 2002-01-01

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