March 22, 2013

Flashback Friday: Express Bus Commuter Lines Connect City And Suburbs

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Friday is a great day in and of itself. However, it is made even better by Flashback Friday! (If I do say so myself)

Did you correctly guess when and where this week’s Flashback Friday photo was taken?


Museum of Transportation

Museum of Transportation Photo

The picture above, courtesy of the Museum of Transportation, was taken in 1950 on Clayton Road, a little east of the Esquire Theater. (My neighborhood!) The photo shows three passengers boarding a city-bound Clayton express bus.

According to Andrew Young’s “St. Louis and its Streetcars”, in August 1945, St. Louis Public Service Company began five new express bus commuter lines which connected city and county suburbs with downtown St. Louis. Young explains that “after fine tuning, the express lines became the most consistent post-war performers, and the network gradually extended to most county suburbs.”



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