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America's Last Small City Streetcar: 1959

America's Last Small City Streetcar: 1959

I took this scene of Main Street in Johnstown, PA on the afternoon of September 6, 1959. The event was a part of the 1959 annual convention of the National Railway Historical Society that included a tour of the city's remaining five streetcar lines. All were slated for conversion to trolley bus the following June. Main Street at the time appeared to be prosperous, but in the ensuing 60 years, Johnstown has been practically rendered a ghost town, having lost its steel industry and suffered a devastating flood. Car 350 is today preserved at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum at Arden, PA.

A subsequent submission will depict the closing day ceremonies held June 11, 1960.

35mm Kodachrome slide by William D. Volkmer

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