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Streetcars Are Not Strangers To Santa Ana

July 21, 2011

The picture above shows a Pacific Electric streetcar traveling east on 4th Street under the watch of the iconic Spurgeon Building Clock Tower in Downtown Santa Ana sometime during the first half of the 20th century.

Currently, the City of Santa Ana is conducting a study to build a “new” streetcar line connecting the Train Depot to Downtown Santa Ana.

Up until 1950, anyone could take a Pacific Electric street car from Downtown Santa Ana to Downtown Los Angeles.  From 1909 to 1922, Santa Ana residents could travel to Huntington Beach on the Pacific Electric streetcars.

The following map shows the Pacific Electric streetcar lines that served Santa Ana.

For a great summary of the history of the Pacific Electric streetcars in Orange County, that also includes Garden Grove, Cypress, Fullerton, La Habra, Brea, Yorba Linda, and Newport Beach, please click here.

Hopefully, the “new” streetcar line in Downtown Santa Ana will incorporate some of the original flavor, as seen in the following picture of a Pacific Electric PCC streetcar from Southern California that is in use today on San Francisco’s F streetcar line, known for using historic streetcars from around the world for travel from Downtown San Francisco to the Embarcadero and the Wharves.


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