Portland’s first streetcar, horse-drawn, glided along First Street in 1872 (The Oregonian, 20-July-2011). For the next several decades streetcars thrived. Streetcars became ubiquitous in, and necessary to, the city’s expansion – neighborhoods like Council Crest, Hawthorne, and Irvington began as streetcar suburbs. But you know the rest of the story. Cars and buses took over, and in 1950 Portland’s last streetcars ceased operation.
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