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Street Railways

“A Brief History of Peoria” by Democratic State Central Committee? 1896.
Transcribed by Genealogy Trails Staff

By John Finley, Gen. Mgr.


    In 1869 the Central City Railway Company was organized and constructed the first street railway in Peoria, the same being a single track horse railway line, extending from Hamilton to South streets. In 1870 it was extended to Abingdon street. Some few years later its first competitor appeared in the Ft. Clark Horse Railway Company. Later on came the Knoxville Road line, the Main street line and the Rapid Transit line. In 1839 the Central City Company was reorganized under the name of the Central Railway Company and adopted electricity as its motive power. The Ft. Clark line soon followed suit, as did the other lines. In 1895 the Central Railway Company bought out all the other lines not controlled by it, including the Lake Side Road (which operates in Averyville) and to-day all street railways in the city are owned, controlled and managed by one company. Mr. Walter Barker being its president and the writer hereof, its general manager.
    The company operates one hundred electric motor cars and more than that number of trailers and gives transfers without extra cost to any part of the city over its sixty odd miles of track. The company by the terms of it» franchise sprinkles by means of two large electric sprinklers its right of way at least four times daily. A uniform fare of rive cents is charged where tickets are not bought. Twelve tickets are sold for fifty cents and one hundred for four dollars. Branches of the road lead to all parts of the city and suburbs, giving most excellent service to its patrons, thus doing much to build up and improve all parts of the city. The equipment of the system is thoroughly modern and of the first order, being constantly repaired, improved and extended. Peorians have no fear that the present high standard of the Central Railway Company will be lowered in the future.


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