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The Rise and Fall of Charleston’s Trolleys, 1859-1938
Guest Speaker: historian Nicholas Butler, Ph.D.

King Street Trolley - Charleston, SCOn February the 23rd, the Historic Charleston Foundation will present a talk on the history of Charleston’s trolleys at the Charleston Museum.

For 77 years after the Civil War, the streets of urban Charleston were lined with iron track for a fleet of streetcars or trolleys. The initial horse-drawn system was electrified in 1897, but the cars and tracks were scrapped in 1938 in favor of “modern” diesel buses. Might this pre-automobile relic offer a solution to transportation woes? Join historian Nic Butler for a look back at the motives behind the creation and the demolition of Charleston’s first mass transit system.

A native of the Palmetto State, Dr. Butler attended the University of South Carolina before completing a Ph.D. at Indiana University. He has worked as archivist of the South Carolina Historical Society, as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston, and as a historical consultant for the City of Charleston. Since 2005 he has been archivist, and now historian, for the Charleston County Public Library.

Free Admission!

Monday, February 23, 6 p.m.
The Charleston Museum Auditorium
360 Meeting Street
Charleston 29401

Two Additional Dates …

Wednesday, March 11, 6pm – 7pm
Charleston County Public Library – Main Library
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Saturday, March 14, 1pm – 2pm
Charleston County Public Library – Main Library
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

 

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