Episode from the podcastBeyond Bourbon Street, an Insider's Guide to New Orleans

History of the New Orleans Streetcar

Released Wednesday, 20th July 2016
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In this episode Mark takes us on a journey back in time, to the origins of the famous New Orleans streetcar.  You’ll explore the Crescent City of the early 1800s and learn about its growth after the Louisiana Purchase.  
Take a ride on one of the first railroads in the country, and learn how it laid the groundwork for the streetcars that crisscrossed the Crescent City for nearly a century.  Along the way, you’ll learn about a world famous resort that is now lost to time, and find out the surprising role a Confederate General played in the streetcar’s development.  
Ever hear of a Streetcar Named Desire?  Learn about the inspiration for Tennessee Williams’ award-winning play.  When did it first appear and where did it travel?
What happened to the streetcars during Hurricane Katrina and where can I ride today?
All this and more on today’s episode!

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