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Louisville's Shelby Street streetcar line to get historical marker

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(Photo by Jay Galvin via Flickr) (Photo by Jay Galvin via Flickr)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Historical Society will dedicate a new marker to commemorate Louisville's streetcar line Tuesday. 

The old Shelby Street streetcar line will get a marker at 1303 S. Shelby Street to mark the location of a n old car barn built in 1895 by the Louisville City Railway Company. 

Streetcars were a popular method of public transit from 1864 until the 1920s, when they were replaced by buses. 

The Shelby Street line connected Germantown to downtown Louisville and included the "Schnitzelburg Loop," which was abandoned after World War II. 

Louisville's last streetcar ran on Derby Day 1948, but a new group -- led by a former U of L grad student -- is pushing for a revival of streetcars in the city. People in support of the project will be attending the unveiling to promote the revitalization. 

You can find a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at history.ky.gov/markers.

The historical marker will be unveiled at 1303 S. Shelby Street at 5 p.m. Tuesday evening. 

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