- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, the oldest operating streetcar system in America, has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The designation recognizes sites of historic importance to the entire nation, not just a particular community.

The new recognition specifically cites the St. Charles line’s place as the oldest operational street railway in the United States and its 35 “meticulously restored” arch-roofed, steel-bodied, green Perley Thomas streetcars as reasons for its designation.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1CG6OVX ) historic landmark designation does not result in any special funding, but owners of listed sites can apply for historic preservation grants.


Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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