McKinney Avenue Trolleys, Texas (Images of Rail Series)


Streetcar lines grew and prospered in Dallas from 1872 until

the 1920s. Automobile competition siphoned many of their

riders away, but ridership soared again during World War II .

After the war, the trolleys entered an era of gradual ...

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Streetcar lines grew and prospered in Dallas from 1872 until

the 1920s. Automobile competition siphoned many of their

riders away, but ridership soared again during World War II .

After the war, the trolleys entered an era of gradual attrition, and

they were abandoned by 1956. Amazingly, in 1989, the nonprofit

McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA ) returned restored

vintage trolley cars to the city in the Uptown neighborhood near

downtown. MATA evolved from a tourist attraction into a true

transit company and became the M-Line. Since then, the area

has experienced rapid growth and is now home to midrise office

buildings and upscale apartments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738584973
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 11/7/2011
  • Series: Images of Rail Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,448,648
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil Cobb, the driving force behind MATA 's startup, was chairman of the board for several years and is now the M-Line's president. Jim Cumbie, a volunteer since 1988, edited the company's newsletter for 10 years and is now the M-Line's webmaster and unofficial historian. Judy Smith Hearst, the president of Friends of State-Thomas, led a scrappy little neighborhood against signisficant odds to rezone, intiate a historic district, reroute traffic using the Maple-Routh Connector, and partner with developers to envision the future.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 The First Streetcar Era: The Growth Years 9

2 The First Streetcar Era: Weathering the War 29

3 The First Streetcar Era: The Ride Downhill 39

4 State-Thomas: The Roots of Uptown, 1868 53

5 State-Thomas: African American "North Dallas" 59

6 State-Thomas: Preserved and Reimagined 65

7 The MATA Era: A Dream Becomes a Reality 73

8 The MATA Era: Ups, Downs, and Straight Ahead 97

9 The MATA Era: Forward into the Future 111

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