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Milwaukee, Wisconsin Electric Transport

Streetcar photo

Public Transportation: Horse Carts to Electric Railways


Read More About It

"Milwaukee: A Chronological and Documentary History" by George Lankevich


Vocabulary:

street railway car
drawbridge


Interesting Fact:

Milwaukee had horsedrawn streetcars in the 1870's but changed to electric streetcars in the 1890's.


Study Questions:

  • Did the accident prompt new safety measures regarding drawbridges in Milwaukee?
  • What were the reasons why streetcars became obsolete?
  • Did your community have streetcars at one time? If so, when and how long were streetcars used?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about street cars:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on February 4:

    1789: George Washington is elected the first president of the United States.
    1861: Delegates from six southern states meet to form the Confederate States of America.
    1945: President Franklin Roosevelt meets with Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin at the Yalta conference.



  • February 4

    February 4, 1895: A Milwaukee street railway car plunged through an opened drawbridge killing three passengers.


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