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Milestones 1880s

1884

  • Seattle's first street railway begins service on September 23, with horse-drawn street cars operated by Frank H. Osgood.

Photo of Seattle's first streetcar, Sept. 20, 1884.
Seattle's first streetcar, Sept. 20, 1884.
Photo courtesy Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).

1886

  • Seattle's first electric generator begins operation.

1887

  • Tracks for the Seattle Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad between Seattle and Bothell are completed.

1888

  • The Seattle City Railway, Seattle's first cable railway opens for service from Pioneer Square to Leschi Park via Yesler Way and Jackson St. on September 28.

1889

  • The Front Street Cable Railway opened March 13.
  • Seattle's first electric streetcars enter service on March 30. It is considered to be the first railway operated by electricity west of the Mississippi.
  • Work begins on the first interurban railways from Seattle to Georgetown and Renton.

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Updated: Dec. 11, 2002