First Trolley Car System in Richmond

First Trolley Car System in Richmond (HMKN)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
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N 37° 32.672', W 77° 26.155'

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In 1888, the world's first successful electric railway, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, branched at this point to link downtown and Jackson Ward with the suburbs. This system, designed by Frank Julian Sprague (1857-1934), contained 12 miles of track with 40 trolley cars running to Byrd Park in the West End and to 29th and Broad streets in the East End. This model system that revolutionized urban transportation ceased operation in November, 1949.
Marker NumberSA 25
Year Placed1988
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 3:47am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284800 N 4158070
Decimal Degrees37.54453333, -77.43591667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.672', W 77° 26.155'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 40.32" N, 77° 26' 9.30" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-499 N 5th St, Richmond VA 23219, US
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