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This wooded streetcar suburb dates from the first decade of the twentieth century, when Charleston, according to a prospectus published by the Edgewood Land Company, was the “busiest little city south of Pittsburgh.” Edgewood Drive, the spine of the district, curves sinuously upward through a natural ravine a mile and a half from West Washington Street to Edgewood Country Club. A cave near Washington Street once served as a streetcar stop. Equipped with seats and lights, it personified Edgewood's promise as “a wild and romantic rendezvous near to nature's heart, but within easy access to the city.” Edgewood continues to be a comfortable, well maintained neighborhood, and a printed walking tour is available.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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