It's part of a ramp at the east entrance to the Selby Avenue trolley tunnel on the hillside below the cathedral. It was part of Twin Cities Rapid Transit's once-extensive street railway and interurban system. Between 1949 and 1954, in one of the fastest abandonments of a big-city streetcar system in the US, buses replaced about 750 streetcars on some 35 routes. Attorney Fred Ossanna, who presided over the dismantling and milking of the company's assets, was convicted of fraud in 1960 and sentenced to four years in prison.
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