Sparks of Modernity in Asheville Infrastructure: Perceptions of the Electric Street Car

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Kathryn Johnson, Student (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
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Daniel Pierce

Abstract: The Asheville Electric Street Railway was one of the first fully-operational, expansive systems of its kind in the United States, and the city saw the trolleys as a grand attraction to boost the local economy. This paper outlines the history of the street railway in Asheville, from its celebrated beginning in 1889, to the last run in 1934, and describes how, despite being an innovative asset to the city, the rising cost of maintenance, topography, and changing industrial climate, made the trolleys impossible to sustain.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
Asheville, street railway, trolley

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