Today in History
October 27, 1904
New Yorkers Take To the Tunnels When the City Subway Opens
New York City's first official subway system opens in Manhattan. The Interborough Rapid Transit Company makes 28 stops along a 9.1-mile stretch of subway line from City Hall to 145th Street and Broadway. The IRT was not New York City's first subway however. Alfred E. Beach created a 312-foot tunnel and ran a subway car during the 1870s using a large fan to propel the cars.
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Walker Evans' underground-breaking photographs resurface for the centennial of New York City's rapid transit system
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