Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Commemorates Louisville Streetcar Line

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 03, 2015  
Contact Information:  CONTACT: Becky Riddle
becky.riddle@ky.gov
502-564-1792, ext. 4474
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker that commemorates Louisville’s historic Shelby Street streetcar line, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. The unveiling will take place at 1303 S. Shelby St.

By 1895, the Louisville City Railway Co. used the area where the marker will be installed as a car barn when electric cars replaced mule-drawn cars. The company was the primary streetcar operator in Louisville. Streetcars were the main mode of mass transit in the city from 1864 through the late 1920s when buses replaced them.

The Shelby Street line connected Germantown to downtown Louisville and included the famous “Schnitzelburg Loop.” The loop, completed in 1907, helped transform Schnitzelburg, Germantown and Shelby Park from farmland to urban neighborhoods. It was abandoned after World War II. Louisville’s last streetcar ran on Derby Day 1948.

More than 2,400 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at history.ky.gov/markers. KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. KHS is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit history.ky.gov.