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Streetcars of Savannah
1890 description of streetcar routes

STREET CAR LINES.

Abercorn and Whitaker Street Belt line, red cars, every ten minutes, round trip thirty minutes, passing City Exchange, Custom House, Postoffice, Cotton Exchange, Firemen's headquarters, old cemetery, Roman Catholic Cathedral, Savannah Hospital, Regimental Armory, through southern suburbs, around Forsyth Park and parade ground, with views of Confederate Soldiers' Monument, Georgia Historical Society Library, Masonic Temple and Morning News building, near all hotels, and connecting at Second and Whitaker Streets with suburban line to Isle of Hope and Montgomery. Fare five cents.

Liberty Street line, red cars, leave city market every ten minutes, through Barnard Street to Liberty, passing Odd Fellows' Hall, Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, Masonic Hall, De Soto Hotel, St. Vincent de Paul Convent, within a block of Cathedral, Charleston and Savannah and Savannah, Florida and Western Railway depots, to Tybee Railway depot. Fare five cents.

West Broad Street line, red cars, leave city market every ten minutes through Barnard Street to Liberty, passing Odd Fellows' Hall, Telfair Academy, Episcopal Orphans' Home and Central Railroad depot to Laurel Grove Cemetery. Fare five cents.

Belt line, circling the city, yellow cars, every ten minutes, round trip six miles, passing City Exchange, Custom House, Postoffice and Cotton Exchange, with view of the harbor from Bay Street, passing the Charleston and Savannah and Savannah, Florida and Western Railway depots and near Tybee Railway depot, through southern suburbs of city over high bridge, past Concordia Park and Kiesling's Gardens, and through 12th and Montgomery Streets, past Central Railroad depots and general offices, near all down town hotels, with transfer cars to the Ocean Steamship Company's wharves, Central and Gordon cotton presses and Planter's and Upper Rice mills, ice works and brewery. Fare five cents.

Coast Line, red cars, leave Broughton and West Broad Streets every ten minutes, passing the principal retail stores on Broughton Street, through Habersham Street, past police barracks, county jail and St. Joseph's Infirmary to Bolton Street junction, connecting with dummy line to Cathedral Cemetery, Bonaventure, Greenwich Park and Thunderbolt. Fare five cents to junction; junction to Thunderbolt and return twenty-five cents.

DEPOTS.

Central Bailroad of Georgia, West Broad and Liberty. Take Belt Line yellow cars, or any red car, and transfer to West Broad Street line.

Savannah, Florida and Western Railway and Charleston and Savannah Railroad (Atlantic Coast Line), Liberty and East Broad. Take Belt Line yellow cars, or any red car, and transfer to Liberty Street line.

City and Suburban Railway- (Isle of Hope and Montgomery lines), Whitaker and Second. Take any red car and transfer to Abercorn andWhitaker Belt line.

Savannah and Atlantic Railway, President and Randolph. Belt Line yellow cars pass within a block, or take any red car and transfer to Liberty Street line. The City and Suburban Railway and the Belt Line have branch lines to the depot which are operated during the summer.

Coast Line Railroad (Bonaventure and Thunderbolt Dummy line), Bolton and East Broad. Belt Line yellow cars pass within a block, or take any red car and transfer to Habersbam Street line.

SUBURBAN EXCURSIONS.

To Thunderbolt and Bonaventure, four miles, take Coast Line cars on Broughton or Habersham Streets to Bolton Street junction. Dummy trains make four trips daily to Thunderbolt. Fare round trip twenty-five cents.

To Isle ot Hope six miles, Bethesda Orphan House eight and one-half miles, and Montgomery nine miles. Take Abercorn and Whitaker Street Belt line to Second Street depot. Suburban trains make trips daily. Fare round trip to Isle of Hope thirty cents; Bethesda and Montgomery fifty cents.

To Tybee Beach eighteen miles. Take Belt Line yellow cars or any red car and transfer to Liberty Street line to Tybee Railway depot foot of President Street. Two trains daily to the beach in winter and six in summer, passing naval stores and lumber wharves below the city, the overgrown earth-works of Fort Bartow one hundred acres in area, skirting rice fields and salt marshes with view of Thunderbolt River, along the banks of Savannah River south channel, passing at a distance Forts Oglethorpe and Pulaski, with a view of shipping at quarantine and in Tybee Roads, across Tybee Island and along the beach in full view of the ocean to South End. Fare round trip fifty cents.

From: G. A. Gregory. Savannah and Its Surroundings. Savannah: Press of the Morning News, 1890. Online at Internet Archive here.


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