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.
Geographic Location: Richmond (City)
Physical Description of Location: 401-499 N 5th Street, Richmond, VA 23219. Marker is on left when traveling south on N 5th Street, about .12 miles north of intersection with E Broad Street (US 250).
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