The Fremont Historical Society will be holding a historical walking tour of the Fremont area’s streetcar history on Thursday, July 22nd from 7PM to 8:30PM beginning in front of the old Car Barn on 34th and Phinney Ave. N. The Fremont Historical Society will also have a number of historic photographs on display for your viewing pleasure.
For those unaware of Seattle’s streetcar past, the entire city of Seattle was once covered in various streetcar lines which helped settle many of the neighborhoods in which we live today. Like many cities, Seattle’s streetcar lines were replaced by the gasoline powered bus beginning in the 1940s.
Today, a few of the major routes remain electrified thanks to our fleet of Electric Trolley Buses, while many (if not all) of the others are now served more of less by our current diesel bus lines.
The Seattle Times has a chronological history of Seattle Streetcars.
Looking at a 1933 map of the Seattle Municipal Street Railway on the one-year anniversary of Link Light Rail, one can only imagine what our city would be like today if the system had not been shut down.
What: Fremont Streetcar History Tour
When: Thursday July 22 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: In front of the old Car Barn at 34th & Phinney Ave N
It is a guided walking tour along N. 34th and north on Woodland Park Ave N. to N. 40th. Along the way we will tell you about the history of the streetcars in Fremont, why Fremont held a place of importance in Seattle’s history as a streetcar suburb, and about early residences and shops along the streetcar route.