Last Day Of The Kansas City Streetcar
Take a look at this really great clip that's perfect for chill Sunday night in Kansas City . . .
Kansas City streetcars last day of operation
The video . . .
"June 23, 1957, the last day of operation for Kansas City streetcars. The three routes remaining were the Country Club line from Main and 3rd to 75th and Broadway, the Dodson line from 75th and Broadway to 85th and Prospect and the Rockhill line from 8th and Main to Swope Park."
The images are captivating because this is a Kansas City that no longer exists. This is the Kansas City of my grandparents despite the fact that so many of the places look familiar. The retro clip should remind us that our city has been down this streetcar track many years before and we're not really breaking new ground by attempting to return to the past. The streetcars gliding thru these streets were outdated and out of step with transit reality at the time. The grainy footage should reveal that there's nothing we can do to recreate these seemingly idyllic moments for some residents. Still, remembering this long gone moment in Kansas City history is worthwhile if only to remind everyone of all that this wicked little town has endured.
And so, while this clip may seem a bit too peaceful, it's just because we've got a lot more fighting to do in the morning . . . Hopefully, we'll have more BREAKING/EXCLUSIVE NEWS, discussion, debate, discourse, probably just a bit of hateration and all kinds of good stuff in just a few . . . STAY TUNED!!!