Twin City Trolleys

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center
601 Main St
St Joseph, MI 49085
Contact Name: The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center

Event Date:04/20/2017

Event Description:Presented by HMCC Curator Tracy Gierada, this public program will cover the history of streetcars and electric interurban railways in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. Admission is free but a donation of $5 to the Heritage Museum is suggested. Using maps, photos, postcards and artifacts from the collection of the Heritage Museum, the presentation will outline how streetcars and interurban trolleys impacted the Twin Cities and our surrounding region from the 1880s to the 1930s. The first streetcars began operation in 1885, carrying passengers across the St. Joseph River in open cars pulled by horses. By 1892, a new power plant supplied the first electricity, allowing the system to grow by pulling bigger cars much longer distances. Ultimately, three major interurban rail lines connected the Twin Cities to South Bend, Dowagiac, and Paw Paw Lake. The trolleys supported a thriving tourist industry and transported agricultural products from the countryside to our ports.

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Operating Hours:6:30pm - 7:30pm

Admission:Free / $5 Suggested Donation

Handicap Access Info:yes

Event Promoter/Sponsoring Organization

Event Sponsored By:The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center
St. Joseph, MI