Peacock Place Development Of Montgomery, Alabama


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The Capital City Street Railway, also known as the Lightning Route, was the first city-wide system of streetcars established in Montgomery, Alabama, United States on April 15, 1886. This early technology was developed by Belgian-American inventor Charles Joseph Van Depoele. James Gaboury was the owner of the horse drawn system that was converted to electricity. One trolley route ended at the Cloverdale neighborhood. This early public transportation system made Montgomery one of the first cities to "depopulate" its residential areas at the city center through transportation-facilitated suburban development. The system operated for exactly 50 years, until April 15, 1936 when it was retired in a big ceremony and replaced by buses.

No city has played a greater role in the history of the state of Alabama than Montgomery. It is steeped in history. Topping the list of must-sees is the historic State Capitol building. One of only a few that have the distinction of being a National Historic Landmark, Alabama's State Capitol building is where Jefferson Davis took the oath of office as President of the Confederate States of America in 1861, as well as where the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march ended with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering a moving speech from the bottom of its steps nearly a century later. Other sites to see in the area include the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, the First White House of the Confederacy, Rosa Parks Museum and Library, the Hank Williams Museum, the Civil Rights Memorial Center, Old Alabama Town, the Montgomery Zoo, the Museum of Fine Arts and the world-renowned Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The Alabama Department of Archives & History includes Alabama Indian, 19th-century, military and civil rights exhibits. Nearby Prattville features Capitol Hill on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.