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Do you live along an old streetcar route?

The first streetcar in Spokane was pulled by horses in 1888. After going electric following the Great Fire of 1889, the streetcars that trundled along Spokane's streets were operated by a number of companies including the Spokane Street Railway, Ross Park Street Railway Company, Spokane Cable Railway Company, City Park Transit Company and the Spokane and Montrose Motor Railroad Company, to name a few.

In 1922, all lines were gathered under the Washington Water Power company, the first time Spokane had a united streetcar system. In fact, the company, which we now know as Avista, called the transit company Spokane United Railways.

The map above shows the commuter railway network in 1923. Do you live along any old streetcar routes? Is it still a bus route? Where are there tracks still embedded in the roadway?

 




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Nicholas Deshais
Joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He is the urban issues reporter, covering transportation, housing, development and other issues affecting the city. He also writes the Getting There transportation column and The Dirt, a roundup of construction projects, new businesses and expansions. He previously covered Spokane City Hall.

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