Rhode Island Trolleys

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This collection of mailable, vintage-photograph postcards celebrates one of the richest and most modern trolley systems in all of New England. In 1865, a horsecar line began providing service from Market Square in Providence to Olneyville. The evolution from horse-drawn cars pulled along a track to the electrification of the system took many years. By 1895, almost all horse-drawn cars were replaced by a robust electric trolley network of routes reaching all parts of the state. By 1954, electrified trolleys were in decline and were being replaced with gasoline-powered buses. Little remains but some images of the once beloved trolley system and its importance to those who depended on it.
ISBN: 9781467102483
Format: Postcard Pack
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Rhode Island
Series: Postcards of America
Images: 200
Pages: 15
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 4.25 (h)
Joseph and Janice Soares are lifelong residents of Rhode Island and have authored several other books regarding Rhode Island’s rich past. Preserving Rhode Island’s past for future generations has become a passion for both, and they are honored to contribute in bringing the story of Rhode Island’s trolleys into focus. All the images are from the authors’ personal collection.