Searching for America’s First Monorail

What was America’s first monorail? It might seem like such a simple question would have an equally simple answer, but trying to find America’s first daily operating monorail depends on how you define not only “daily operating” but surprisingly enough, how you define “monorail”.

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“Monorail Tramway” El Paso Herald (El Paso, Texas), 20 Nov 1897, p8

“Mono-Rail Railway” The Press (Kansas City, Kansas), 24 Sep 1897, p4

“News of the Day” The Age (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 16 Jul 1897, p5

“A Real Mono-Rail System” St. Louis Globe Democrat (St. Louis, Missouri), 22 Mar 1897, p7

“Houston to Test German Transportation System” The Courier-Gazette (McKinney, Texas), 14 Jan 1956, p3

“Houston to Inaugurate Strange Monorail Train Test in 1956” The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 22 Jan 1956, p52

“U.S.- Wide Transit Interest In Houston Monorail Project” Velley Times (North Hollywood, California), 25 Jan 1956, p3

“New World’s 1st Monorail Line to Open” The Evening Sun (Baltimore, Maryland), 15 Feb 1956, p3

“Monorail Test Set For Today” Semi-Weekly Spokesman Review (Spokane, Washington), 18 Feb 1956, p3

“Houston Tests Monorail Coach” Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona), 19 Feb 1956, p38

“Estimate Due Soon on High-Speed Monorail Line to Fort Knox” Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), 03 Jun 1956, p70

“Houston Monorail Pilot For Construction Firm” Miami News (Miami, Florida), 22 Jul 1956, p12

“Monorail Installed by Texas State Fair” Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, Texas), 14 Aug 1956, p13

“Monorail Line Plans Reported” The Austin American (Austin, Texas), 18 Aug 1956, p8

“Monorail Planned At Ft. Lauderdale” Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona), 30 Sep 1956, p29

“Back to the Future” Terry Maxon, D Magazine, October 1988

“City Island Wants a Trolley” The Sun (New York, New York), 31 Mar 1911, p4

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