CHARLESTON STREETCARS & BUSES

Charleston Streetcars

You may recognize this building.  If you dont, the answer is at the bottom of this page.  This was the Street Car Barn on Virginia Street West.  This photo was taken in 1920.




HERE IS SOME OF THE ROLLING STOCK OF THE STREET CAR COMPANY.

Charleston Streetcars

Notice the Dodge Brothers building in the background.  Thay were located at Virginia & Truslow Streets



Charleston Streetcars

Most of the rest of these photos were taken in front of the Streetcar Barn




Charleston Streetcars



Charleston Streetcars



Charleston Streetcars

Some cars have  CIRRCo on them, which stands for "Charleston Interurban Railroad Company"



Charleston Streetcars



Charleston Streetcars

Notice the "Cow-catcher" on the front.



Streetcar



Charleston Streetcars


Charleston Streetcars

Maintenance Vehicle



Charleston Streetcars



Charleston Streetcars

This is the Power Station on the West Side of the Elk River. This later would become the "Boys Club"

Charleston Streetcars

Same building from the opposite side, now being used by the city in this 70s photo.
The sign on the right side of the buildings says "Boys Athletic Club".  I remember it very well.




At a receiver’s sale in 1935, the property passed into the hands of the Charleston Transit Company, which converted the entire operation to buses on June 29, 1939.







You used Tokens to ride the bus back then.  I still have two of mine.

Charleston Streetcars

The Street Car Barn would later become the Bus Barn for the Charleston Transit Co.

They moved to Stockton Street in 1950.



Of course, there were a few fender benders,,,,

Charleston Transit Bus

You're looking at Virginia Street just off Morris.  Mountain State Hospital is to the right of the bus. The year is 1937 and it seems that a one Miss Margaret Kearse,  daughter of T.L Kearse,  owner of the Kearse Theater was driving south on Morris St,  when she hit a city bus traveling East on Virginia.  The bus then struck a parked car, sending it into a power pole. The bus continued on and struck 2 more poles and finally hit the new car you see in the photo, owned by the Ruby Motor Company.  Seventeen fire alarm boxes were knocked out of service along with the trolly wires.



City Busses

Charleston Bus drivers



Charleston Bus History



  That same year, McMillion Motors moved into the barn for 1 year

McMillion Motors

This sign was uncovered in 2015 during Goodwill's remodeling




Charleston Streetcars
Here is the Streetcar Barn today.  Goodwill Industries on Virginia Street

You will see Streetcars in action all though this website in various years.  Look for them.

The Charleston Interurban Railroad operated two interurban lines, one west to St. Albans (built in 1912) and the other east to Cabin Creek (built in 1916). At a receiver’s sale in 1935, the property passed into the hands of the Charleston Transit Company, which converted the entire operation to buses on June 29, 1939.

Vintage photos By Daniel Davidson & Dick Johnson.

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