The Notre Dame Streetcar

Meg Morrison | Spring 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine

Notre Dame Streetcar

Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948, but the play’s drama pales in comparison to that of the very real streetcar line which connected Notre Dame’s campus and downtown South Bend in the first half of the 20th century.

From a fatal collision one snowy winter evening in 1908 to a fiery riot in 1916 and a mysterious derailing on a rainy autumn night in 1939, the streetcars had more than their fair share of trouble before being replaced by buses in 1940.

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