Streetcars are Making a Comeback in Lake Charles LA

Did you know that Lake Charles LA once had a street car subdivision in the 1900’s?

From 1894 to 1926, as many as four steel-rail streetcar lines served the City, providing, at one time, 24-hour transit service to residents. Three of the lines operated as a city utility and one line (known as the “Dummy line” along Broad Street) was operated by the Watkins and Missouri Pacific Railroad. The three city lines served the densely developed downtown and ran south from Railroad Avenue on Ryan Street, two lines then going east on Kirby Street and with one line proceeding north on Kirkman to Goosport.

The second line ran east on Kirby then south on Hodges Street to the brickyards on the south east edge of town.

The longest line of the three continued south on Ryan then turned west at Miller Avenue (now 7th St) to run along South Ryan Street ending at the Lake Street edge of what would become Shell Beach road. This is the historic South Ryan Streetcar line that will be recreated.

Members of the general public wanting to ride to experience a rare slice of transportation history are invited to “catch the trolley” and learn the history of the streetcar lines in Lake Charles.

In addition, the trolley will provide shuttle service for patrons of the Annual Palm Sunday Historical Tour of Homes   featuring homes in  Margaret Place. The temporary historic recreation of the South Ryan Streetcar is provided as a public service by the City of Lake Charles Transit Authority.


Marilyn Boudreaux is a Full Time Licensed REALTOR in the State of Louisiana affiliated with Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.’s.

Copyright 2012© Marilyn Boudreaux

Marilyn Boudreaux, REALTOR® 337-499-9592

Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.’s

4410 Nelson Road

Lake Charles, LA USA 70605

337 478-1578


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