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First Trolley Car System in Richmond SA-25 | Marker History

First Trolley Car System in Richmond Marker, SA-25

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 Information:
Year On Marker: 1988
Region: Richmond Region
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).
GPS Location: 37.5444926830,-77.4359133470
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