First Streetcar Goes into Operation

On this day in 1832, the first streetcar went into operation in New York City. John Stephenson, president of the John Stephenson Company, invented and patented the streetcar for the New York and Harlem Railroad, founded by John Mason. The horse-drawn streetcar was named after Mason.

Celebrate by learning about the history of the streetcar! And if you live in a city with a streetcar system or a similar but modern light rail system, hop on for a ride or use that as your sole means of transportation for the day.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, About.com, The History Box

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