Tremont Street Trolleys, Boston

Looking up Tremont Street toward Park Street Church in Boston, in 1895. Photo courtesy of Boston Public Library.


Tremont Street in 2014:


These photos were taken from almost the same spot as the ones in this post and this post, but the first one here shows Tremont Street as it appeared before the construction of the Tremont Street Subway.  By the time the 1895 photo was taken, Tremont Street was becoming crowded with traffic, from pedestrians to carriages and even trolleys, as seen in the distance of the first photo.  Toalleviate the congestion, the trolley lines were put underground, making this the first subway in the country.  Today, Tremont Street is still a busy road, but trolleys such as the green and orange one in the 2014 photo are purely for tourism – the real trolleys still run underground through here on the MBTA Green Line.

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  1. Lost New England

    On behalf of Arnold Worldwide and our client Brown-Forman, am researching this photo for potential use in a video that will be posted online. Am hoping to get confirmation that it is in the Public Domain, and if not, the who has the rights to license this use.
    Please let me know if you have any information.

    All the best,

    Amy Wilcox

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    Amy Wilcox

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