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Tom Clark Gnome - Dilworth

Dilworth was created for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission to honor the 100th anniversary of the electric streetcar in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1891 Thomas Edison persuaded Edward Dilworth Latta to install electric streetcars or trolleys. Up until this time, Charlotte, like most southern towns, was primarily a walking community. At the same time Mr. Latta developed the Dilworth neighborhood, Charlotte's first suburb, expand his streetcar service. March 14, 1938 saw the last streetcar run in Charlotte. It was made by Car#85, built by Southern Public Utilities Company (now Duke Power Company). In 1987 Car #85 was discovered in Huntersville, a town near Davidson. It is now being restored to its original appearance and operating condition. The Historic Landmarks Commission hopes to restore streetcar service in Charlotte as viable uptown transporation. My little Dilworth is standing by his Car #85 and holding a Duke Power Company token to pay for your ride on the streetcar. Behind him is another coin that pictures a trolley. Under his left arm is a moss oak acorn from a tree in uptown Charlotte. In front of his streetcar is the official emblem of Southern Public Utilities Company at the time Car #85 was built. Dilworth's smile says thanks to all those dedicated to getting Charlotte "Back on Track".

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