Marker Details

Bellaire Streetcar Line

Bellaire Blvd at Third Street

Bellaire , 77401

Notes: Streetcar & marker are across the street from Bellaire Presbyterian Church marker (now Christ Church Presbyterian Church)
Directions: West of 610 West three blocks, marker on median of Bellaire Blvd. at Third Street and South Rice Avenue

Key Time Period: 1893 - 1919 City Beautiful - WW I

Corretions/New Research:

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Marker Text: In 1909 the Westmoreland Railroad Company, directed by Bellaire developer William Wright Baldwin, began construction of a streetcar line between this site and Houston's Main Street (4 mi. E) to improve transportation between Bellaire and Houston. Laid out on the esplanade of Bellaire Boulevard, the streetcar line consisted of one railway track and an overhead electric wire. The line terminated at this site, where the company constructed a waiting pavilion and a turnaround loop. At the same time, the Houston Electric Company extended its south end line from Eagle Avenue down present Fannin Street to connect with the Bellaire line at Bellaire Boulevard (now part of Holcombe Boulevard). The trip between Bellaire and downtown Houston required one transfer at Eagle Avenue. Service began on December 28, 1910.

The streetcar line, often called the "Toonerville Trolley," became an integral link between Bellaire and Houston and played a vital role in the development of this area. The availability of motor transport and frequent derailments caused by worn-out track led to the abandonment of the line on September 26, 1927. Motor bus service began the following day. (1993)
Marker Type: Marker with Post
Historical Org: Texas Historical Commission (THC)

Key Map Information: 531 G

GPS Coordinates: 29 42.350, 95 28.047

Precinct No: 3

Marker No: 106161