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New Orleans streetcars named historic landmark

2 years 5 months 2 weeks ago December 09, 2014 Dec 9, 2014 Tuesday, December 09 2014 December 09, 2014 3:26 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

NEW ORLEANS - America's oldest street railway, the St. Charles Line of green New Orleans streetcars, has been added to the National Historic Landmark list.

It's only the second site honoring historic and still-moving transportation to make the list. The other is the San Francisco Cable Cars, which date to 1873 and made the list in 1964.

The streetcar line opened in 1835 under mule power as the Carrollton Line. It carried passengers some 13 miles from downtown New Orleans, up St. Charles Avenue to what was then the separate municipality of Carrollton. The line was converted to electricity in 1893 and renamed the St. Charles Line.

The designation will be celebrated with a streetcar ride by city officials Tuesday.

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