Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ann Arbor Streetcars
In 1908 you could hop on an open-air trolley, ride to the fairgrounds (later Burns Park), and, for 10 cents, see a baseball game. Electric streetcars ran in Ann Arbor from 1890 to 1925. From Main Street, cars followed Detroit Street down to the end of the line near the Michigan Central depot. There the motorman and the conductor reversed the car's direction by swinging the electric pole on the roof around to the other end. For a single fare, a passenger could ride all evening to enjoy the cool breezes. In 1913, to cut costs, "pay as you enter" cars eliminated the need for conductors. Buses and automobiles eventually put trolleys out of business.
Sponsored by H. Mark Hildenbrandt
Photos courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library
Erected by Ann Arbor Historical Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 42° 16.689′ N, 83° 44.931′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is at the intersection of South Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 350 South Main Street, Ann Arbor MI 48104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Everyone Loves a Parade (here, next to this marker); Power and Transportation (a few steps from this marker); The Main Street Shopping Experience (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Main Street Shopping Expands (about 500 feet away); Downtown Movie Theaters (about 600 feet away); Changing Retail Patterns (about 600 feet away); Allen Creek Valley Shapes the Town (about 600 feet away); Bethlehem United Church of Christ (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 31, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.