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Minneapolis –  St.Paul tram map –  1947

FIRST INSET: DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS

Minneapolis downtown tram map –  1947

SECOND INSET: DOWNTOWN ST. PAUL

St Paul downtown tram map –  1947


ABBREVIATIONS ON THE MAPS

DF Dunning Field (St. Paul) WS Winifred St. (St. Paul)
MSt Mississippi St. (St. Paul)      

ROUTES

Operator: Twin City Rapid Transit Company (ancestor of Metro Transit)

STREETCAR ROUTES

INTERURBAN ROUTES CONNECTING MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL

CH Como – Harriet – Hopkins E 5th St. (St. Paul) – Wabasha St. – Minnesota State Capitol – Como Ave. (St. Paul) – Lake Como – Como Ave. (Minneapolis) – 4th St. SE – Hennepin Bridge – Hennepin Ave. – Lake Harriet – Hopkins / [CH*] France Ave.
SL Selby – Lake Broadway (St. Paul) – E 4th St. – Kellogg Blvd. – Selby Ave. – Marshall Ave. – Lake St. – Hennepin Ave.
SM St. Paul – Minneapolis E 5th St. (St. Paul) – Wabasha St. – Minnesota State Capitol – University Ave. – Washington Ave. – 5th Ave. S – 5th St. – 5th Ave. N

MINNEAPOLIS ROUTES

BC Bloomington – Columbia Hts. 54th St. – Bloomington Ave. – 6th St. – 4th St. S – 2nd Ave. S – St Anthony Falls Bridge – Central Ave. – Columbia Hts.
BJ Bryant – Johnson (56th St. / [BJ*] Penn Ave. – 50th St.) – Bryant Ave. S – Lyndale Ave. – Hennepin Ave. – Hennepin Bridge – Hennepin Ave. – 8th St. SE – Johnson St. – 33rd Ave.
BW Broadway Crosstown Upton Ave. – Broadway – Broadway Bridge – Jackson (just short of Central Ave.)
CF Chicago – Fremont 54th St. – Chicago Ave. – 6th St. – 2nd Ave. S – 8th St. S – 7th St. N – Emerson Ave. – Fremont Ave. N – 44th Ave. N
CP Chicago – Penn 54th St. – Chicago Ave. – 6th St. – 2nd Ave. S – 8th St. S – 7th St. N – Emerson Ave. – Broadway – Penn Ave. N – Thomas Ave.
ET East 25th Ford Plant (St. Paul) – 46th Ave. – 42nd Ave. – 36th Ave. – 25th St. – Minnehaha Ave. – Cedar Ave. – Washington Ave. – 5th Ave. S – 5th St. – 5th Ave. N
FP Ft. Snelling – Minnehaha – Plymouth Ft. Snelling – Minnehaha Falls – Minnehaha Ave. – Riverside Ave. – Cedar Ave. – Washington Ave. – Plymouth Ave.
GF Glenwood – 4th Ave. Glenwood Park – Glenwood Ave. – 1st Ave. N – 6th St. – 4th Ave. – 48th St.
GM Grand – Monroe 48th St. – Grand Ave. – Nicollet Ave. – 2nd Ave. S – St Anthony Falls Bridge – Central Ave. – Monroe – Washington St. – 27th Ave.
NN Nicollet – NW Terminal 58th St. – Nicollet Ave. – Marquette Ave. – Hennepin Bridge – Hennepin Ave. – Stinson Blvd. – Broadway
NS Nicollet – 2nd St. NE 58th St. – Nicollet Ave. – Marquette Ave. – Hennepin Bridge – 2nd St. NE – Grand St. (to 30th Ave.)
OH Oak – Harriet Yale Ave. – Oak St. – 4th St. SE – Hennepin Bridge – Hennepin Ave. – Lake Harriet – Xerxes Ave.
TB 34th Ave. S – N. Bryant 54th St. – 34th Ave. S – 42nd St. – 28th Ave. S – Cedar Ave. – Washington Ave. –
TR 28th Ave. S – Robbinsdale 56th St. – 28th Ave. S – 42nd St. – Cedar Ave. – Franklin Ave. – 4th Ave. – 5th St. S – 1st Ave. N – Washington Ave. – Broadway – Robbinsdale

ST. PAUL ROUTES

DP Dale – Phalen Lake Como – Dale St. – W 7th St. – E 7th St. – Forest St. – Phalen Pk.
FM Fort Snelling – Maria Fort Snelling – W 7th St. – E 7th St. – Maria St. – Indian Mounds Park
HC Hamline – Cherokee Hts. Hamline – Thomas Ave. – Minnesota State Capitol – Wabasha St. – Wabasha St. Bridge – S. Wabasha St. – Winifred St. – Cherokee Hts.
MG Mississippi – Grand Nebraska Ave. – Arkwright St. – Mississippi St. – Broadway – E 4th St. – Wabasha St. – W 7th St. – Grand Ave. – St. Paul Seminary
RH Randolph – Hazel Park – North St. Paul – Wildwood – Mahtomedi Ford Plant – Randolph Ave. – W 7th St. – E 7th St. – Hazel Ave. – North St. Paul – Wildwood – Mahtomedi
RS Rondo – Stryker Dunning Field – Rondo Ave. – W 10th St. – Wabasha St. – Wabasha St. Bridge – S. Wabasha St. – Stryker Ave.
RSP Rice – S. St. Paul Ivy Ave. – Rice St. – Minnesota State Capitol – Wabasha St. – Robert St. – Concord St. – South St. Paul – Invergrove
SC Snelling Crosstown Como Ave. – Snelling Ave. – Highland Pkwy.
SP St. Clair – Payne Cleveland Ave. – St. Clair Ave. – W 7th St. – E 7th St. – Payne Ave. – Maryland Ave. – Kennard St.

Tram routes in Minneapolis-St.Paul were identified by the main locations they passed by. The route identifiers used on the maps and below are strictly for convenience, and were never used by the Twin City Transit Co. itself.


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Streetcar lines: ca. 320 km.


HISTORY

  • Streetcars:
    • Horse-powered: St. Paul: July 1872 - 1892; Minneapolis: 2 Sept. 1875 - 1892.
    • Electric: Minneapolis: 24 Dec. 1889 - 19 June 1954; St. Paul: 22 Feb. 1890 - 31 Oct. 1953.
  • Light rail: 26 June 2004 - today.

GAUGE

  • 1435 mm.

TRAM PRESERVATION

The Minnesota Streetcar Museum runs historic Minneapolis - St. Paul streetcars at two museum locations: adjacent to Lake Harriet in SW Minneapolis and at Excelsior, 15 miles (24 km) west of Minneapolis.


SOURCES

PRINT

  • Carter, J.M. "Minnesota: Streetcar named conspire", Tramways & Urban Transit, Nov. 2003 (66: 791), p.413-415.
  • Diers, J.W. & Isaacs, A. Twin City Trolley: The streetcar era in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.
  • Simons, V. "Minneapolis - St. Paul: Reconnecting the Twin Cities", Tramways & Urban Transit, Sept. 2014 (77: 921), p.362-367.

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