gray block for spacing purposes

Streetcars in Washington

The mule car named Aileen in Washington, GA. The early streetcar was photographed in front of the Fitzpatrick Hotel.

Washington's mule car Aileen stopped at the Fitzpatrick Hotel (above). The hotel still stands.

The Washington Street Railway Company, incorporated in 1887, provided a connection between the Georgia Railroad depot at W. Liberty and Depot streets and the Fitzpatrick and Johnson hotels in the center of town.

Apparently it was a profitable enterprise, as a note in the May 1891 issue of The Street Railway Journal indicated: "The directors of the street car line have declared a semi-annual dividend of 4 per cent. to stockholders, and two per cent. to be added to the surplus fund. The road has paid from the very first."

A 1908 directory listed it as a mule-powered line running 5/8ths of a mile with two passenger cars and four freight cars. The company president was T. Burwell Green.

The photograph above shows one of the passenger cars, along with a group posing for the camera. Herman Mason's book Washington, Georgia, identifies the driver as William "Bus" Smith. The location is on the west side of the public square in front of the Fitzpatrick Hotel.

Another photograph of the mule car at the Fitzpatrick. Larger image.
(From: Advantages of Georgia for those desiring homes in a genial climate. Georgia Dept. of Agriculture, 1904. Online at Internet Archive here.)


RailGa.com. Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey

Railroad History | The Depot List | Locomotives On Display | Odds & Ends | Sources & References | Home