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Como–Harriet Streetcar Line

 
 
Como–Harriet Streetcar Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 26, 2010
1. Como–Harriet Streetcar Line Marker
south side of marker
Inscription. For 74 years this transit railway carried passengers to downtown jobs, to University of Minnesota classes, and to picnics and concerts on the shores of Lake Harriet.

Steam passenger trains of the Minneapolis, Lyndale & Minnetonka Railway first reached this station from downtown Minneapolis in 1880. Called the "motor line," the railway was extended to Excelsior in 1882.

The Minneapolis Street Railway Company, organized by Thomas Lowry in 1875, purchased the line in 1887 and converted it to electric streetcar operation in 1891. From the Linden Hills terminus, streetcar service was extended to Lake Minnetonka in 1906, serving Morningside, Hopkins, Deephaven, Excelsior, Tonka Bay, and Big Island Park. Local "Como-Harriet" cars operated to St. Paul via Como Avenue from branches built along Xerxes and France avenues in Minneapolis.

Lowry combined his Minneapolis Street Railway Company with the St. Paul City Railway in 1893 to form the Twin City Rapid Transit Company. Before the streetcar system was abandoned on June 19, 1954, it operated 523 miles of streetcar lines in the cities and suburbs and built 1,240 cars in its own shops, including cars No. 1300 and 265.

With the help of the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board, the Minnesota Historical Society, and many friends, the Minnesota Transportation
Como–Harriet Streetcar Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 26, 2010
2. Como–Harriet Streetcar Line Marker
north side of marker with duplicate text
Museum reopened this section of the "Como-Harriet" line in 1971 as a living memorial to a fine street railway system. The line was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 17, 1977.

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Erected by the Minnesota Transportation Museum, Inc., 1981

 
Erected 1981 by the Minnesota Transportation Museum, Inc.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 55.652′ N, 93° 18.574′ W. Marker is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker is on West 42nd Street west of West Lake Harriet Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2330 West 42nd Street, Minneapolis MN 55410, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First School House (within shouting distance of this marker); Geology of Minnesota (within shouting distance of this marker); Harriet Bandshells / Our Park Legacy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Crash of Flight 307
Como–Harriet Streetcar Line and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 26, 2010
3. Como–Harriet Streetcar Line and Marker
(approx. 1.5 miles away); Peavey Fountain (approx. 2.2 miles away); Minnehaha Grange Hall (approx. 2.3 miles away); Old Cahill School (approx. 2.3 miles away); PFC. Jimmy Berray (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Minneapolis.
 
Regarding Como–Harriet Streetcar Line. The Como-Harriet Streetcar Line and streetcar No. 1300 are listed on the National Register of Historic Places #77000739.
 
Also see . . .
1. Minnesota Streetcar Museum. Como-Harriet and Excelsior Streetcar Lines. (Submitted on December 9, 2010.) 

2. Como-Harriet Streetcar Line. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on December 9, 2010.) 

3. Thomas Lowry. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on December 9, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Como–Harriet Streetcar Line Depot image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 26, 2010
4. Como–Harriet Streetcar Line Depot
Como–Harriet Streetcar 265 image. Click for full size.
By Donna Johnson, June 15, 2012
5. Como–Harriet Streetcar 265
Como–Harriet Streetcar 265 image. Click for full size.
By Donna Johnson, June 15, 2012
6. Como–Harriet Streetcar 265
Como–Harriet Streetcar 265 image. Click for full size.
By Donna Johnson, June 15, 2012
7. Como–Harriet Streetcar 265
Inside Como–Harriet Streetcar 265 image. Click for full size.
By Donna Johnson, June 15, 2012
8. Inside Como–Harriet Streetcar 265
Como–Harriet Streetcar 265 image. Click for full size.
By Donna Johnson, June 15, 2012
9. Como–Harriet Streetcar 265
Como–Harriet Streetcar 322 image. Click for full size.
By Donna Johnson, September 1, 2013
10. Como–Harriet Streetcar 322
Como–Harriet Streetcar 322 image. Click for full size.
By Donna Johnson, September 1, 2013
11. Como–Harriet Streetcar 322
No. 322 is from a 1946 order of 40 cars that were delivered by the St. Louis Car Company of St. Louis, Missouri. It arrived in December 1946 and entered service the following month. In October 1953, No. 322 was one of thirty cars sold to Public Service Coordinated Transport of Newark, New Jersey for operation in the Newark City Subway. It became their No. 3. They in turn sold it to the Greater Cleveland RTA in April 1978, where it was also No. 3. In August 1990, No. 322 was purchased by the Museum and it returned to service in 2000. source: Minnesota Streetcar Museum
Nearby Sign image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 26, 2010
12. Nearby Sign
1901–After the chalet depot replaced it, this 1900 depot was moved to the west shore of Lake Harriet and became the boat rental office. It was later moved again next to the refectory and the present dock and eventually was demolished. Today's depot is a replica.
Como–Harriet Streetcar Line
Como–Harriet Streetcar Line Sign image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 26, 2010
13. Como–Harriet Streetcar Line Sign
Hours of Operation
Como-Harriet Streetcar Line & Trolley Car No. 265 image. Click for full size.
By Jet Lowe, April 20, 1990
14. Como-Harriet Streetcar Line & Trolley Car No. 265
Image provided courtesy of the Historic American Engineering Record.
Excelsior Streetcar 1239 image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 1, 2012
15. Excelsior Streetcar 1239
Streetcar 1239, a gate car built in 1907, is located in Excelsior. As noted in the inscription, the railway was extended to Excelsior in 1882.
 
 
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