A Question From MyChildhood•Why did the power company run the buses?•Answer: Because buses started off as trolleys, andtrolleys ran on electricity!•Originally lights and power weren’t such a bigthing, but transportation was.
October 15, 1866 horse street railways begin - manydifferent vendors. Just before the merger in 1897CCRC operated 20 horse cars with 20 more in reserve,the Enterprise company operated ten cars. Each ofthese could hold 20 to 25 passengers.
Historical Perspective•1901 President William McKinley shot at Pan American Expo, 9/6/1901 died 9/14•1901-2 West Indian Expo and Ivory City•1901 Start of shipyard•1907 Union Station built at Columbus Street•1910 shipyard opens•1912 Titanic sinks•1914 World War 1 starts, but US not in it yet•1915 May 15 - Lusitania sunk off Ireland•1916 July 15-17 closed due to hurricane•1917 April 6, US declares war on Germany and enters WW1•1917 Women’s suffrage reaching a high point and National Women’s Party formed•1918 shipyard highpoint•1918 First World War ends•1920 Women’s voting rights passed in summer and women can vote in Nov elections•1920 to 1933 - Prohibition in the US•1927 new company and layoffs•1928 Grace Memorial Bridge over the Cooper River starts construction•1929 Cooper River bridge opens as toll bridge•1929 October, stock market crash•1934 Navy yard line replaced by buses•1936 May, Gone with the Wind published
First Electric Trolley In Charleston -June 26, 1897
Trolley vs Streetcar vsTram vs .....Note: A cable car is not a trolley!
A Fond FarewellPerhaps I’m just old fashionedbut my heart is sore within.I’m grieving for the streetcarsin spite of clamor and din.I’m thinking of that welcome soundwhen a restless night is o’er,the comfort of that early caras it passes by my door.I’m thinking of the men who drivetheir patience and their cheer.How they must have grown to love itand - I find I shed a tear.‘Tis hard to see the old things goto make a way for new.Tho buses may be very grandhere’s, old streetcars, to you.- News & Courier
History of MergersCharleston Gas Light Co. Charleston Electric Light Co. Charleston City Railway Co.Enterprise StreetRailway Co.Charleston & SeashoreRailway Co.United States IlluminatingCompanyCharleston Light & Power Co. Charleston City Railway Co.Charleston Consolidated Railway,Gas & Electric Company - 1899South Carolina Power Company - 1926South Carolina Electric & GasSCE&G - 1948
Were Going To BeRestored•Magnolia Development was going to restore them•To be used in a development on the neck•Then the markets crashed•Post & Courier article on them in 2010 Link•Unfortunately they now sit exposed to weather,vandalism and general decay
For Further Reference• CharlestonRail.org• Palmetto Traction: Electric railways of South Carolina by Thomas T. Fetters,1978• SCANAs First 150 Years: Building on Success by SCANA Corporation, 1996• South Carolina Electric & Gas Company: 1846 - 1964 by Nell C. Pogue, 1964• Uptown/Downtown in Old Charleston: Sketches and Stories by Louis D. Rubin Jr,2010• The Golden Weather ("Fiction") by Louis D. Rubin Jr, 1995• Southern States Trolleys in Color (Does not include Charleston!) by Edward A.Ridolph, 2004