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Modern Motorcade: Gas-powered Belt Line buses replaced Charleston’s electric streetcar system

Modern Motorcade: Gas-powered Belt Line buses replaced Charleston’s electric streetcar system
February 2024
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The next mode of public transportation in the Holy City



Aparade of more than a dozen gas-powered Belt Line buses moves down King Street in this sepia-toned photograph taken by Morton Brailsford Paine on February 3, 1938. Captioned “the trolley cars are dead” by Paine, the image captures the procession from near the corner of King and Beaufain streets. The buses replaced Charleston’s electric streetcar system and introduced the next mode of public transportation in the Holy City.