#TBT: Why Streetcars were awesome then and why they kinda suck now.

Today’s TBT is a beloved, nostalgic subject: the streetcar.

Streetcars were an effective solution to an obvious transportation problem during the industrial revolution.

I’m not going to get too in depth here, there is a ton of information out there on streetcars. The argument has been continuing for and against ever since they were pulled off the streets.

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A little background on the Saulpaugh Hotel (the big building on the right) can be found here courtesy of Blue Earth County Historical Society.

This photo shows good street design, buildings pushed up next to each other addressing the sidewalk.

It’s rumored that the Saulpaugh hotel was the tallest hotel west of the Mississippi until you hit San Fransico…

The above photo is courtesy of MN Digital Library.