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i was wondering, did Flint ever have a street car or trolley system?

if so, can anyone find some pics or info on it?

thanks :thumbsup:

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Flint had a streetcar that went down Saginaw Street. It was part of an extensive interurban system that existed throughout Michigan. The interurban line followed Woodward Avenue out of Detroit, through Ferndale, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and Pontiac before heading up to Flint. From Flint, the interurban continued north to Saginaw. Similarly, the Grand River line started in downtown Detroit (Capitol Park) and continued out of the city along Grand River Avenue, through Lansing, and then Grand Rapids.

Beyond the Saginaw Street line, I am not sure what other lines, if any, existed in Flint. Maybe some other forumers will be able to shed some light on this.

They Flint Journal did an article on the streetcars in Flint about 10 years ago. I still have it saved somewhere. If I can find it, I will post it. If I remember correctly, the last streetcars in Flint stopped running in 1935.

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Here is the only photo of the streetcars in Flint that I have handy at the moment. This was taken in 1923, I believe. Shown here is the intersection of Saginaw & MLK (known at the time as Detroit Avenue).

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how cool, it would be awesome if they put in some sort of modern street car system in downtown

unfrotunatly there is no where near enough density in Flint to do this. My grandparents tell me about riding the trolleys downtown. Man if only I had seen those days I would have been in heaven.

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yeah, and then it connected to the interurban to go to Detroit and Saginaw, and then from Saginaw you could take one to Bay City

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yeah, and then it connected to the interurban to go to Detroit and Saginaw, and then from Saginaw you could take one to Bay City

Man look at the mass transit we once had in this country. Something we couldn't fathom in todays society.

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yeah, i know, back then Detroit, Flint ,Saginaw,Lansing, Grand Rapids,and even Bay City had street cars, and maybe a few other cities did, too. and thats just in Michigan

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how cool, it would be awesome if they put in some sort of modern street car system in downtown

I know to some, it may sound a little cheezy but Kalamazoo built a replica streetcar out of a small bus and it looks just like the old-school ones in that picture with the railings and outdoor access and everything. During the summer and fall, on Thrusday through Saturday evenings and nights it rolls through downtown and makes stops to pick people up and drop people off just like a city bus would do. During that same time of the year, there are also horse carriges going all around downtown giving people rides. You might not be able to have a actual streetcar system but you could have the next closest thing in a look alike streetcar that drives. I think that would be a cool thing to have downtown Flint. :thumbsup:

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