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San Antonio Streetcars, Round Two

August 4, 2009

By Amy Estes, Archives Intern

The San Antonio Express-News recently featured an article by Josh Baugh regarding the possible return of streetcar lines to San Antonio. San Antonio is the largest city in the U.S. without comprehensive public transportation. During the last century, the streetcar line helped San Antonio become the bustling city it is today.

The UTSA Archives and Special Collections holds a great collection of everything related to San Antonio transit — the John Kight Transportation Collection. Mr. Kight was a long time employee and historian of successive transportation companies in San Antonio. The records of VIA Metropolitan Transit, kept by Kight, include material from the beginning of mass transit in San Antonio in 1878 to 1990.

Here is a look back at the last day the streetcars ran in 1933 and the streetcar lines being paved over.

The Brackenridge Park Line on its final day of operation, 1933.

Paving over the rails, March 1957.

Removing the rails, February 1959.
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