|Title||Streetcar wreck on West Spokane Street, Seattle, January 9, 1937 |
|Caption||The No. 3 West Seattle inbound streetcar jumped the track on a dangerous curve at the foot of Avalon Way leading onto West Spokane Street. Two passengers were killed, three were critically injured and 20 more were hurt. The top-heavy trolley, loaded with laborers and high school students, fell into a concrete pillar at the brink of a 35-foot drop to a railroad switching yard below. The crash launched a critical investigation of municipal railway safety.|
This photo shows the streetcar lying on its side, propped up by timbers, under two overhead viaducts that lead to and from Admiral Way and Avalon Way, at 30th Avenue SW and West Spokane Street. At right foreground, between the curved tracks, is the undercarriage (trucks and wheels) that was wrenched from the body of the streetcar. The 27-year-old trolley crashed at 7:30 am Friday January 8, 1937.
|Notes||Handwritten on sleeve: SEATTLE, Streetcars, Wrecked West Seattle street car.|
Caption information source: P-I exhibit; P-I research files.
Date photograph was filed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (date of photograph and file date may differ by a month or more): January 9, 1937.
|Subjects||Street railroads--Washington (State)--Seattle; Disasters--Washington (State)--Seattle; Street railroad accidents--Washington (State)--Seattle; Crowds--Washington (State)--Seattle; Bridges--Washington (State)--Seattle; Automobiles--Washington (State)--Seattle; Street railroad tracks--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Seattle|
West Seattle (Seattle, Wash.)
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||1986.5.12163.2 |
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|Credit Line||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI) |
|Repository Collection||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection |
|Physical Description||1 acetate negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original negative as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, opened in Adobe Photoshop 6.0, equalized (an automated process in Photoshop), resized to 640 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |