SEATTLE TRANSIT

EARLY STREET RAILWAY COMPANIES

Several street railway companies were eventually consolidated into a single streetcar system in Seattle.


Front Street Cable Railway Co. - incorporated 1888, sold 1898 to First Avenue Railway Co., sold 1900 to Seattle Electric Co.

North Seattle Cable Railway Co. - incorporated 1890, leased by First Avenue Railway Co.

Grant Street Electric Railway Co. - incorporated 1891, sold 1900 to Seattle Electric Co.

Green Lake Electric Railway Co. - incorporated 1889, sold 1900 to Seattle Electric Co.

Madison Street Cable Railway Co. - incorporated 1889, sold 1900 to Seattle Electric Co.

South Seattle Cable Railway Co. - incorporated 1889, controlled by Madison Street Cable Railway, sold 1891 to Seattle Electric Railway & Motor Co., abandoned 1895.

Rainier Power & Railway Co. - incorporated 1889, sold 1895 to Third Street & Suburban Railway, sold 1900 to Seattle Electric Co.

Seattle Central Railway Co. - incorporated 1900, sold 1903 to Seattle Electric Co.

Seattle City Railway Co. - incorporated 1887 as Seattle Construction Co., sold 1890 to Seattle City Railway Co., sold 1901 to Seattle Railway Co., sold 1901 to Seattle Electric Co.

Seattle Street Railway Co. - incorporated 1884, sold 1889 to Seattle Electric Railway & Power Co., sold 1891 to Seattle Consolidated Street Railway, sold 1896 to Seattle Traction Co., sold 1900 to Seattle Electric Co.

West Street Lake Union & Park Transit Co, - incorporated 1888, sold 1889 to Seattle Electric Railway & Power Co.

Union Trunk Line - incorporated 1890, sold 1900 to Seattle Electric Co.

West Street & North End Electric Railway Co. - incorporated 1890, sold 1900 to Seattle Electric Co.

Woodland Park Electric Railway - incorporated 1890, sold 1900 to Seattle Electric Co.

West Seattle Cable Railway Co. - suspended operations 1897.

Highland Park & Lake Burien Railway - incorporated 1911, sold 1913 to Seattle Municipal Railway.

Loyal Railway Co. - incorporated 1906, sold 1907 to Loyal Heights Electric Railway, sold 1918 to Seattle Municipal Railway.

Everett & Interurban Railway - incorporated 1902, sold 1907 to Seattle-Everett Interurban Railway Co., sold 1910 to Seattle-Everett Traction Co., sold 1912 to Pacific Northwest Traction Co., trackage in city sold 1920 to Seattle Municipal Railway.

Rainier Ave. Electric Railway Co. - incorporated 1889, sold 1895 to Seattle & Rainer Beach Railway, sold 1899 to Seattle & Renton Railway Co., sold 1903 to Seattle Renton & Southern Railway, sold 1916 to Seattle & Rainer Valley Railway, abandoned 1937 and replaced with Seattle Municipal Railway buses.


In 1900, Seattle Electric Co. was formed to acquired all street railways in Seattle. Seattle Electric Co. was controlled by Stone & Webster. In 1914, the city owned Seattle Municipal Railway began operating additional streetcar routes. In 1919, the Seattle Municipal Railway acquired the Seattle Electric Co. streetcar system. And in 1939, the Seattle Municipal Railway was renamed the Seattle Transit System.


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