Streetcar Artifact

Speaking of streetcars in Georgetown, a lot of people are aware of the more famous artifacts around Georgetown of DC’s old streetcar system. There’s obviously the tracks on O and P St. And also the Car Barn. Some may know that the Georgetown Mall was once a streetcar facility as well. But not many realize that one of the more iconic sites in Georgetown is also streetcar-related: the Hoya Saxa sign.

Seen above, the sign has announced the school’s cryptic cheer since the 90s. But the concrete abutment as been there much longer. It’s actually the base of a former streetcar trestle that used to span the gap. You can still see where the other end touched just south of Prospect St.:

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