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Electric Trolley

 
 
Electric Trolley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
1. Electric Trolley Marker
Inscription. In 1888, Richmond built the first commercially successful electric trolley system in the world.

The tops of the new cars were connected to an electrical line called a "troller" and thus became known as "trolleys."

Richmond's horse-drawn carriage line was replaced in May 1888 with a trolley system powered by electricity generated at this end of the Haxall Canal. The streetcars ran for 60 years before giving way to buses and cars.
 
Erected by Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk.
 
Location. 37° 32.024′ N, 77° 26.171′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South 12th Street and East Byrd Street. Touch for map. This marker is on the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk between S 12th Street and Virginia Street. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christopher Newport Cross / Canal Walk (a few steps from this marker); Christopher Newport Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Ross' Mill Race (within shouting distance of this marker); James River & Kanawha Canal (within
Electric Trolley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
2. Electric Trolley Marker
shouting distance of this marker); Tidewater Connection Locks (within shouting distance of this marker); Gallego Mill Flume (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Center of Industry in 18th and 19th Century Richmond (about 300 feet away); 13th Street Bridge (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmondís Historic Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District. National Park Service (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. A History of Richmond's Trolley. Church Hill People's News (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Father of the Trolley. Richmond Then and Now (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels
 
Electric Trolleys on Broad Street image. Click for full size.
By Louis Kaufmann & Sons
3. Electric Trolleys on Broad Street
VCU Libraries Digital Collections - Rarely Seen Richmond
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 813 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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