Bilbo Jitney Line, Sylvan Avenue and Seale Street

One descendant of La Reunion settlers, Victor Clifford Bilbo, was born in 1894.

In 1915, Bilbo began operating a jitney line from Downtown to Cement City and other locations west.

Back then streetcars circulated in Oak Cliff, Downtown and Lakewood. But there was no public transportation for West Dallas.

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Jitneys were the shared rides that picked up the slack.

The Bilbo Jitney cost 5 cents and consisted of Model T Ford touring cars. Passengers squeezed in and sometimes rode on the running boards.

The line closed in 1927, replaced by city buses. But a Texas State Historical marker was placed near the site of Bilbo’s home in 1989. The marker later was stolen, but it was replaced a few years ago.

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