Bellaire Streetcar Line

Bellaire Streetcar Line (HM17D3)

Location: Bellaire, TX 77401 Harris County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 42.349', W 95° 28.042'

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In 1909 the Westmoreland Railroad Company, directed by Bellaire developer William Wright Baldwin, began construction of a streetcar line between this site and Houston's Main Street (4 mi. E) to improve transportation between Bellaire and Houston. Laid out on the esplanade of Bellaire Boulevard, the streetcar line consisted of one railway track and an overhead electric wire. The line terminated at this site, where the company constructed a waiting pavilion and a turnaround loop. At the same time, the Houston Electric Company extended its south end line from Eagle Avenue down present Fannin Street to connect with the Bellaire line at Bellaire Boulevard (now part of Holcombe Boulevard). The trip between Bellaire and downtown Houston required one transfer at Eagle Avenue. Service began on December 28, 1910.

The streetcar line, often called the "Toonerville Trolley," became an integral link between Bellaire and Houston and played a vital role in the development of this area. The availability of motor transport and frequent derailments caused by worn-out track led to the abandonment of the line on September 26, 1927. Motor bus service began the following day.
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HM NumberHM17D3
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Marker Number10616
Year Placed1993
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 8:39am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 261291 N 3288736
Decimal Degrees29.70581667, -95.46736667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 42.349', W 95° 28.042'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 42' 20.94" N, 95° 28' 2.52" W
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Area Code(s)713, 281
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5020 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire TX 77401, US
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