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On August 25, 1946, Savannah saw the last run of its streetcars, which were to be replaced by gasoline-powered buses as the city gave way to modernization. For years the residents of Savannah had depended upon streetcars, from horse-drawn to electric, for travel in and around the city. This engaging collection of images explores this period in the history of Chatham County and the integral part that streetcars played in the lives of everyone in the community. When the streetcar system began operation in 1869, residents who were previously unable to afford transportation welcomed the opportunity to travel outside of Savannah for the purposes of residency, employment, recreation, and health. Billed as being beneficial to the population at large, streetcars were an instrumental force in Savannah’s development both as a city and as a tourist destination. Discover in Streetcars of Chatham County the prominent citizens behind the companies, the changes that occurred in residential and commercial areas, and the evolution of the streetcar as a means of transportation. Chronicled are the histories of such influential companies as the Savannah, Skidaway and Seaboard Railroad, and Savannah Electric Company.
About the Author
Author Mary Beth D’Alonzo of the Georgia Historical Society has compiled a fascinating visual journey into a defining period of Savannah’s history. Culled from the images and archives of the Georgia Historical Society, Streetcars of Chatham County is a unique study of a time gone by, and a piece of history carefully preserved.