Boston horse-pulled streetcar system map, 1865
1865 was a happy time for Boston. Boston was a hotbed of abolitionism, and after slavery was officially banned in January 1865 by the 13th Amendment, the state governor ordered a 100-gun salute, and a week of celebration followed. (The draft riots of 1863 had been forgotten, as federal troops' increasing grip over the South had quieted opposition to the Lincoln Administration.)
During the Civil War, Boston already had a well-developed system of horse- and mule-pulled streetcar lines run by five competing companies. Boston would eventually electrify its lines in the 1890s, and build North America's first subway for its electric streetcar lines, which is still used by the Green Line today.
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