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Notes on the Geography of Oklahoma: Midtown Oklahoma City: Photo 44

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Same place, here looking east on 18th Street, where the track curved south to Shartel. This is an area generally of big single-family homes, big because the streetcars provided fine access to downtown. At this corner, however, where the streetcars presumably stopped in the triangle, two three-story apartment buildings were built in 1915 at 732 W. 18th and 1814 N. Shartel. You see them straight ahead here.

The name Shartel, by the way, recalls Classen's partner in the streetcar business, John Shartel. He had grown up on a Kansas homestead and become a lawyer working for the predecessor to the Rock Island railroad. He joined Classen in 1902, and a year later they were running electrified cars. The tracks reached Belle Isle in 1910, but the system kept growing with interurban trains that reached west to El Reno in 1911, south to Norman in 1913, and north to Guthrie in 1916. By 1924, Classen and Shartel ran 65 miles of city and 80 miles of interurban track.

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