St. Charles streetcar line named historic landmark

Posted on: October 1 2014
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, the oldest operating streetcar system in America, has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The designation recognizes sites of historic importance to the entire nation, not just a particular community.

The new recognition specifically cites the St. Charles line's place as the oldest operational street railway in the United States and its 35 "meticulously restored" arch-roofed, steel-bodied, green Perley Thomas streetcars as reasons for its designation.