Viewer Recalls Number 8 Streetcar

Dear Mr. Mann:

     I was sitting here trying to find something on the old Gwynn Oak Amusement park, I used to go there in the 50's, and I ran across your memories of the Baltimore streetcars. I almost could have written it.

     The old streetcar barn was on Greenmount Avenue, In Guilford. York Road changed to Greenmount at Cold Spring Lane, or was it 33rd. Street?

     I attended Guilford 214 Elementary School just north of the barn. There was the Guilford bowling alley, (burned down), and The State bakery (burned also). I used to ride the # 8 for a dime to the Waverly Theater (33rd. and Greenmount) and see a double feature for a quarter on Saturday after my one dollar haircut. Also went to the Rex Theater.

     Most Sundays you could find me at the old stone Boundary Methodist Church with the big stained window, up stairs after the service at the children's bible class singing "Onward Christain Soldiers". Rev. Semore was there at that time and was blind due to a hunting mishap.

     We used to cruise up to Betterton Beach on the 'Bay Belle" and spend the weekend.

     Almost forgot the Govens streetcar turnaround on York Road, north of Cold Spring Lane, where we kids used to put our ear to pole and listen for the streetcar.

     I rode the last # 8 with the coin box clicking and churning away in 1965.

     What a great time it was, thanks for memories.

Charles Quick
L. A. P. D.
Los. Angeles Ca.

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