Columbus Streetcare: Good ol’ 703
By: Matthew B.
How would it feel to ride a pre-automobile mode of transport?
Everyone thought they were lost forever. But one last one exists. Back before the airplane, before Henry Ford, before the automobile, almost every American city used electric-powered streets. Columbus was one of them. Streetcars got people to stores, they got people to work, and they got kids to school. The streetcars used in 1850-1960 on the famous city’s streets were all scrapped, except one.
Now found in the Ohio Railway Museum, the last Columbus Streetcar in existence was found in a scrapyard, with existing footage from 10-TV News. It was used for a while, but fell into a state of decay. Vandalism and age caused the streetcar to stop working, and it was time for the shed. Recently found in the ORM’s archives, it currently needs twenty-five-thousand dollars to get the incredible piece of Ohio’s history back up and running; even a few cents are gratefully accepted.
To people in the early twentieth century, the familiar bell and the clacking of rails set into brick and concrete, along with the colorful paintwork, was the only way of cheap transportation; it only cost a few cents. Help get the cheery orange and yellow railcar back on the rails – it is in the name, after all.