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Title Puget Sound Electric Railway Depot
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date c. 1915
Description Black and White photographic postcard of a Puget Sound Electric Railway passenger train parked at the passenger depot on Meeker Street in Kent, Washington. There are about 10 people on the left side of the photograph, on the sidewalk and platform between the train and the wooden depot building. Some appear to be waiting for a train, one man is boarding the train, one man is walking away from the train holding suitcases, and some are walking along the sidewalk. Many of the subjects appear to be Caucasian, although most are facing away from the camera so this is uncertain.

In the foreground of the photo is Meeker Street, which does not appear to be paved, although the sidewalks in front of the depot are paved. On the far side of the train, along the tracks are a row of electrical poles with wires strung between them. At the right edge of the photograph there are additional buildings which may be storage areas for the railway.

The Puget Sound Electric Railway, or "Interurban," was an interurban railway that ran for 38 miles between Tacoma and Seattle, Washington in the first quarter of the 20th century. It was headquartered in Kent, Washington. The railroad ran for 26 years, until competition from trucks, buses, and automobiles on an ever-expanding road network, as well as the steam railroads led to reduced ridership in the early 1920s, leading to a decision to shut down in 1928. Residents all along the line protested the decision, however, and the rails were not pulled up until 1930.

Catalog Number PO-00061
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