Muscatine's Street Railway Era 1883-1938


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108 East Second Street is shown in Oscar Grossheim's 1910 photo (courtesy of Musser Library). This part of the Fisch Building, as it was called, served as office and waiting room for Muscatine's "interurban and city railway services" during the first two decades of the 20th Century, first as Citizens Railway Company and later as Davenport & Muscatine Interurban Railway. A "horsecar line" opened September 11, 1883, and the system was electrified in 1893. At its high point, the street railway operated four routes over 10.4 miles of track. The "trolley" streetcars ran until March 17, 1929, and the CDM (Clinton Davenport & Muscatine) interurban ran until Nov. 8, 1938, using some of the same track.

Streetcar System

Power House

Articles & Essays

  • Citizens Railway & Light Company from History of Muscatine County Iowa (also an account of the arrival - at Muscatine - of "the First Train of Cars ever run in the State of Iowa")

Post cards, etc.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Streetcar-related photos in E.L. Graham collection

Streetcar-related photos by Oscar Grossheim


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© Daniel G. Clark, 2004-2005
Posted Jan. 27, 2005