Electric Streetcar

Along the southern shore between the Aurora and Freemont Bridges, close observation reveals an old trestle overgrown with bramble and ivy. These are the remains of an electric streetcar line built in 1880 along the lake. Because of the steep forested hillside, the tracks were built over the water on pilings. In time, the area under the track was filled with industrial waste and finally created the flat road called Westlake Avenue.