This Vintage Photograph From 1917 Shows The Last Days of Horse-Drawn Carriages in New York City

The last days of horse-cars in Manhattan, c. 1917, public domain archival image
The last days of horse-cars in Manhattan, c. 1917, public domain archival image

Skyrise Cities recently published a brief overview of the history of New York City street transit, including some great vintage photograph including this one showing a City street full of horse-drawn carriages in 1917, right an the end of their era.

Beginning in 1832 with a horse-car line that first operated along The Bowery in Lower Manhattan, the innovative transportation service was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. Able to pull more weight, and thus more paying customers, faster, further, and smoother, thanks to the use of rails, horse-cars soon became a popular mode of transportation as more and more miles of track were laid across the city.

Check out the accompanying article for more.

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