One of the first interurban electric railways in the country connected Portland and Oregon City. Called the East Side Railway, the first official ride took place on February 16, 1893. The Oregonian reported the next day:
The formal opening of the East Side Railway Company’s electric line between Portland and Oregon City took place yesterday afternoon, and was made the occasion of quite a demonstration at the Falls City. At 2:10pm the company’s car “Helen” left the corner of Madison and Second . . .
The 16 mile long line ran until 1958. Now an effort is underway to create The Trolley Trail, a regional multi-use trail, utilizing the old streetcar line right-of-way between the Milwaukie and Gladstone.
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