South Seattle History: The Genesee Dinky

South Seattle History: The Genesee Dinky

Rainier Valley Historical Society:

In 1890, real estate developer J. K. Edmiston built a streetcar line from Seattle to the newly-developed town of Columbia, hoping to attract buyers for his lots. The streetcar pictured above, known as the Genesee Dinky, carried passengers from Rainier Avenue and Genesee Street to 50th Avenue and up to Hudson Street until the line ceased operation in 1936. Today, the scene looks a little different. Read more about the Dinky Streetcar in the Rainier Valley Historical Society’s Days Gone By article written by the late Buzz Anderson — a South Seattle legend in his own right.

The Rainier Valley Historical Society collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets the history and heritage of the Rainier Valley and its people, and to promote public involvement in and appreciation of its history and culture. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Rainier Valley’s history.


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