A subway we never had 1917

18 Dec

How different the city would have been had they actually built a subway. These were from a 1931 book, found on the amazing Historic Pittsburgh site. The title of the book is called City of Pittsburgh and its horses: facts and figures relative to every department using horses, published by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Horses. I didn’t get a chance to dig into this book to fully understand what it actually has to do with horses, but these maps were taken from a 1917 report to the Mayor and City Council  that assessed, among other transportation related problems, a plan to put in a subway.  It’s pretty fascinating, especially for the transportation nerds out there.

One can now only dream.

Click the images to make bigger and dream a little.

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  1. Subway that never was, 1926 | pittsburgh maps - March 1, 2015

    […] From the annals of the newly formed, but now extinct, “Department of City Transit.” The actual name of the document is:  Communication from the City Transit Commission of Pittsburgh to the Mayor and City Council, containing a Report on a plan for financing initial subway construction in Pittsburgh. This one is from March 1926, building upon a previous report from 1917. […]

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