- Seattle's first street railway begins service on September 23, with horse-drawn street cars operated by Frank H. Osgood.
Seattle's first streetcar, Sept. 20, 1884.
Photo courtesy Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).
- Seattle's first electric generator begins operation.
- Tracks for the Seattle Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad between Seattle and Bothell are completed.
- 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.
- 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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