Feb 17, 2019 | 4:00 PM | Sunday

Sun Feb 17, 4:00 PM - Sun Feb 17, 5:00 PM

Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

810 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78701

Community: Downtown Austin

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Off the Rails: the Rise and Fall of Austin’s Streetcars is an exhibit documenting the history of the operation of streetcars in Austin from 1875 to 1940. The chosen photographs and documents highlight the impact that the transit system had upon the city’s growth and dev

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Off the Rails: the Rise and Fall of Austin’s Streetcars is an exhibit documenting the history of the operation of streetcars in Austin from 1875 to 1940. The chosen photographs and documents highlight the impact that the transit system had upon the city’s growth and development. Conflict with rideshare companies, issues of mobility and transportation, and electric light rail might all seem like modern issues, but the story of the streetcar proves otherwise and offers us an example of how Austin has attempted to deal with these questions in the past. The exhibit runs through May 26, 2019 but on these dates you are offered the opportunity to walk along with the curator of the exhibit for an inside look at the history of the streetcars in Austin. Visitors will gain perspective that could not be captured in labels and insight into the process of putting together this type of history and exhibit.

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