2009-11-29

The Streetcar In The Basement

History sometimes shows up in the oddest places. A couple who bought a new home built on an old foundation recently discovered that they had a streetcar in their basement.
The husband, a "card carrying" railfan, knew from  his experience that a part of the house was supported by the frame of a rail car, but he didn't know just what kind until a crew for PBS History Detectives began researching his home in earnest. The crew concluded that it was one of Denver's old yellow street cars that was sold off in the conversion to buses after WWII. Ironically, the home is in the Daniels Garden neighborhood, which by 2013 will see renewed service a few blocks away at the Oak station on RTDs West Corridor by light rail, the direct descendant of the original street car.