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What are the streetcar suburbs in your metro area like? When, where, and how did they develop? What are they like today? Also, most streetcar lines in the early 1900s had small amusement parks or a similar attraction at the end of the line, to encourage people to ride the line. Did your city's streetcar lines have amusement parks? What were they like, and what's the history of these places? Were there other attractions on the streetcar lines?
 

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WILMINGTON STREETCAR SUBURBS

Here are a few notable streetcar suburbs of Wilmington, including the Brandywine Springs Amusement Park.


BELLEFONTE

Bellefonte was created in 1902. The town was originally called "Montrose", but was renamed "Bellefonte" by the 1910 census. A Wilmington City Railway Company trolley line provided transportation to downtown Wilmington, and to the Pennsylvania Railroad's railyards at Tood's Cut, northwest of the city.




















ELSMERE

Elsmere was formed in 1886 by Joshua T. Heald, founder of the Wilmington City Railway and a land developer. Heald started the community at the intersection of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Wilmington & Reading Railroad. Residents would be close to the railways yards and to some nearby factories. The Peoples Railway built a trolley line through Elsmere as it travelled westward to Prices Corner and eventually the Brandywine Springs resort and amusement park.
























BRANDYWINE SPRINGS

Brandywine Springs was an amusement park built at the end of the Peoples Railway. The park was originally a spa resort, one of the first in the nation, in the 1820s. As the resort began to decline in the late 1800s, the hotel owners began adding amusement rides to bring in more people. A merry-go-round was added in the 1880s and a small roller coaster in the 1890s. A pavilion for the Peoples Railway and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was constructed in 1891, providin transportation from Wilmington, through Elsmere, to Brandywine Springs. The corners of some landmarks with no traces left are now marked with white posts.















 

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Atlanta's first streetcar suburb...Inman Park, developed in the 1880's for the city's prominent residents. When Victorian architecture started to become passe around 1910, Inman Park began a 60 year decline and didn't begin to turn around until 1970 when 40 homes were being renovated. Inman Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. In 2007 there were over 300 Inman Park homes being restored or renovated.


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Trolley Barn today and in 1889. It served as the repair depot for the streetcar line.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnmcnicholas/2446363994/ http://www.inmanpark.org/trolleyj.htm


Callan Castle, 1901 Inman Park home of Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler

http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertlz/1181667815/
 

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A lot of those houses in Inman Park remind me of Cape May, New Jersey. I think it's the combination of bright colors and plentiful shade.
Yeah...many cities with preserved turn-of-the-century Victorian/Queen Anne have these beautiful streetcar suburbs - that is if they survived the urban renewal bulldozers of the 60's and 70's. I love the colors you find in them...hence the title "painted ladies". :)
 

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Those Atlanta homes are beautiful. It definitely gives you a look at the city that is often not seen...most of the time it's pictures of giant highways which gives people a negative perception of the city (I'm certainly guilty of some Atlanta bashing).

I'm embarrassed to say this, but I'm unfamiliar with the term "Streetcar Suburb"...could someone please give me a quick definition?
 

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Those Atlanta homes are beautiful. It definitely gives you a look at the city that is often not seen...most of the time it's pictures of giant highways which gives people a negative perception of the city (I'm certainly guilty of some Atlanta bashing).

I'm embarrassed to say this, but I'm unfamiliar with the term "Streetcar Suburb"...could someone please give me a quick definition?
Straight from Wikipedia:

A streetcar suburb is a community whose growth and development was strongly shaped by the use of streetcar lines as a primary means of transportation. The earliest suburbs were served by horsecars, but by the late 1800s cable cars and electric streetcars, or trams, were used, allowing residences to be built further away from the urban core of a city. Streetcar suburbs, usually called additions or extensions at the time, were the forerunner of today's suburbs in the United States and Canada.
The older, turn of the century streetcar suburbs (like Atlanta's Inman Park) were considered too far from downtown without the streetcar lines. Now Inman Park is in the central part of Atlanta adjacent to downtown. Atlanta has several other streetcar suburbs - not all as grand and beautiful as Inman Park...but a couple of them are just as grand.
 

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I'm embarrassed to say this, but I'm unfamiliar with the term "Streetcar Suburb"...could someone please give me a quick definition?
tmac, think of Brookline and Newton, two of America's premier streetcar burbs that are actually serviced by street cars still! (well, Green Line light rail, but you get the picture)
 

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Another Atlanta streetcar suburb from the 1880's...Grant Park. This neighborhood is full of Queen Annes, Victorians, Craftsman Bungalows, Italianates, and other styles of the era built around a large central park. After its heyday around 1905-1930, Grant Park began a downhill slide which was escalated by the 1960's construction of I-20 directly through the neighborhood. Restoration efforts began in the 1970's and today it's Atlanta's largest historic district - and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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This one looks kinda spooky - it's not all sunshine in Grant Park:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/k8_tron/2240298680/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bevandsuits/2385339066/in/photostream/


Some commercial areas in Grant Park:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnnyurban/1455630608/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/danuv/432611681/in/photostream/

Six Feet Under Restaurant across the street from the cemetery

http://www.flickr.com/photos/suzijane/297513445/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bevandsuits/2385338550/in/photostream/


Three of Atlanta's most popular attractions, all established prior to 1900, are located in Grant Park:

1. The Cyclorama - world's largest oil painting, Civil War Battle of Atlanta

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgiamberdine/2519060083/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/scott_waterman/2388634146/

2. Zoo Atlanta

http://www.flickr.com/photos/c_a_bray/2185446795/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/douglasmulford/2064193260/

3. Oakland Cemetery, 1850, Atlanta's oldest cemetery

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Designed by the Olmstead Brothers, Grant Park is Atlanta's oldest park, established in 1858.

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Thanks...they are classic turn of the century neighborhoods, some of my favorite.

Winston-Salem's West End is a streetcar suburb too, but I can't locate the photos I've seen of it online. West End has a ton of beautiful Victorian homes - I believe it's the largest collection in N.C. if I'm not mistaken.
 
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