Monday, September 09, 2013

University to Snelling Trolley




Can't tell you how many times I've left early in the day to try to get a photo of this mural.  It's located on a building next to a clothing store, and it seems that always there are cars blocking it.  I got lucky two days in a row and was able to photograph the entire mural.  It's a typical scene of a bygone era.  Unfortunately bad politics and an economic scandal interfered with keeping the trolleys, which they now would be a great way to see parts of the Twin Cities. The University Avenue to Snelling Avenue route used to be a heavily travelled and popular connection between the two cities. The promoters of the new Light Rail are hoping that this route will again be a main artery between St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Linking to Monday Murals

18 comments:

  1. A very nice mural, thanks for the efforts you made to get a photo of it. Unfortunately no link (yet) to the mural meme.

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  2. What is that saying...early bird gets the worm? Love the soft colors. I feel sure it was missed when it stopped operating.

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  3. really neat scene. i hope they can revitalize the rail system, then.

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  4. What a great mural this is. I love it.

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  5. Looks good when you enlarge to see the many details Kate. You made good use of those lucky days :)

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  6. What a fabulous mural Kate. Love the history you have captured here. Great shot.

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  7. I'm glad you got lucky enough to capture this mural without cars blocking it. It's a beauty.

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  8. Interesting to see the old and new trolleys together.

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  9. This is fantastic! Well worth the effort!

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  10. A really nice mural with detailed scenes. A picture from the past!

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  11. It was worth getting out early to get this mural, Kate. It's a GREAT one!

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  12. This is a wonderful mural and so worth your effort at capturing it. It's very evocative. I rode trolleys for years in San Francisco; they still have them and I'm glad of that.

    (Glad your soup was a success!)

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  13. Your diligence is appreciated. There are some places that are frustratingly hard to photograph without cars. (Sometimes the cars can be part of a good photo, but many times they are just impediments.)

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  14. Very nice one Kate! I like informative murals like this one. :)

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  15. Very nice mural. Always love the nostalgic ones that show us an earlier era. How ironic that municipalities destroyed old means of transportation only to revive them 50+ years later. It happened here too. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

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  16. When I was a child, living in San Francisco with my family I was so proud when it was decided that, at age 10, I was old enough to ride the street car by myself to the public library. It was such a wonderful feeling of freedom to be given the time to explore and the knowledge that I was limited in book choices only by the size of the armload that I could carry. I guess kids now would not be given this kind of freedom. I wonder if it is because the world is so much more dangerous, or if it perceived to be so.

    You are right, trolleys would be wonderful for any city.

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