Did you know Tulsans used to get around via trolley?
Tulsa Street Railway pioneered the trolley system in 1906 in Tulsa, first operating before the roads were completed.
East Third Street looking west between Main Street and Boulder Avenue. Only three buildings from the image remain today: the Federal Building, the Wright Building and the Castle Building, all located beyond Boulder Avenue.
Patrick McNicholas; historical photo: courtesy Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society
Tulsa Street Railway pioneered the trolley system in 1906 in Tulsa, first operating before the roads were completed. Service started on Main Street and later expanded to Third Street.
TSR was at the peak of its service in 1923. It accommodated hundreds of passengers throughout Tulsa, along 21 miles of rails.
But only three years later, TSR would take its final ride. With the rise of affordable automobiles like the Model T and an abundance of local petroleum, the choice was simple for most.
After roads were built and paved, street cars became unprofitable, and many railway companies entered the bus market to try to stay afloat. After 20 years of service, the city removed the rails. A street scene at Third and Main from this time shows the work in progress.