The History of Route 78 and the Cincinnati and Hamilton Streetcar Hartwell Station
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Electric trolley tracks were extended into Hartwell in 1898. Charles Kilgour financed the building of a new bridge over the Mill Creek at Wayne, and "Route 78" was born, going through Hartwell to Lockland. A powerhouse with a car barn was erected on what is now DeCamp Avenue in 1901. That square brick building still stands today behind Metropolitan Harvest Church of God. In 1932, the tracks that ran from the powerhouse into Wyoming were paved over. Tracks for Route 78 to Lockland via Wayne lasted until 1951. "Route 78" is still alive today thanks to the Metro bus service.
* Photos and descriptions borrowed from The Cincinnati Traction History website.