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Pacific Northwest Traction & Trolley History

The OERHS mission statement states the OERHS is to educate. This page is dedicated to providing history of traction operations in the Pacific Northwest. These pages help fulfill this statement. Many Northwest cities had streetcars and Interurban services. Among the cities in the NW with city streetcar service were:

  • Oregon:
  • Washington:
    • Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Olympia, Bellingham, Walla Walla, Yakima
  • Idaho:
  • Interurbans:

Cities/operations with a hyperlink means a brief history is available on line.

Traction Histories on-line

Other websites that have histories are: 



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