"A street car came."
Boston & Northern OCC 1911 trolley map
Public DomainBoston & Northern OCC 1911 trolley map - Credit: Transit Boston Archives

Since the first American electric model was introduced in the 1880s until the Great Depression of the 1930s, streetcars were the main mode of transport. Boston gained its first electric streetcar in 1888, and by 1910, a vast network stretched from Rhode Island to New Hampshire. Only a few of the original lines now survive, though many have been rebuilt as trolleybus routes.