Vintage Parkville-Overlea: The Turnaround

No guessing game this week, just a cool photo for you to check out.

It's hard for me to believe there was ever a streetcar line in Overlea; intellectually I'm aware it was there, but it seems like a relic of a bygone era to me.

Nevertheless, here it is—photographic evidence.

This photo was posted to the Overlea Community Association Facebook group by Doris Franz-Poling. It was taken by her father, George Franz.

Franz, a lifelong Overlea resident, has since passed away but his legacy lives on in a collection of more than 20,000 photos he took.

This photo, which shows the streetcar turnaround on Belair Road, looks westbound up Overlea Avenue, Franz-Poling said.

An interesting note, Franz said, is that the cars on Overlea Avenue are traveling westbound. Today, the street runs in the opposite direction.

Additionally, a number of houses in the background have been torn down since the photo was taken in what Franz estimates to be the mid-1950s.

In their place stands St. James Lutheran Church.

Did you grow up in Parkville-Overlea? Share your memories of the neighborhoods in the comments.

Red Dolphin November 29, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Della Roses was right on the corner of Overlea Ave, and Belair rd, at one time, our family use to go there for raviolis
Red Dolphin November 29, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I had a friend named Myrtle D. who lived on Overlea, sure wish I could contact her ?
Sherri November 30, 2012 at 02:02 AM
My mother and I often rode the streetcars downtown to shop, and I rode the streetcars to and from Herring Run junior high school from 1960 to 1962. I think the last streetcar ran on Belair Road on November 3rd, 1963.
Honeygo Hal December 06, 2012 at 04:49 PM
My parents moved to Overlea in 1956. I remember the streetcars, and rode on them with my mom if we went downtown or to the Northeast Market. My earliest memory of a "Coke" machine was at the gas station next door - it took a nickel and a penny to get a 6.5 oz. Coke.
Robert G Pielke May 07, 2013 at 12:51 PM
I still stop at the Overlea Diner for a scrapple breakfast when I'm "in town."


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