County Transporation: A Retrospective
Traffic is one of the biggest issues in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
today. Long before automobiles redefined our landscape, other modes of
transportation served the area.
The Boulevard in Dilworth, as pictured in 1907. The road was meant for
One of the new Mecklenburg County bridges built during the "good roads"
initiative of Gov. Cameron Morrison.
A view of Mecklenburg County traffic in 1907... quite different than traffic
One of Mecklenburg County's early highways. This 1924 photo shows a
state-of-the-art paved two lane highway.
In the 1920s, the mass transit option - the trolley- was beginning to face
competition from the automobile.
Charlotte's underpass - "the underpass" - in 1924. Tremendous
population growth and economic development in the 1920s shifted Charlotte's
infrastructure toward what we see today.
Trolley traffic jam! For big events, streetcars were linked together to
move large numbers of people quickly.