1872 : Equine Influenza Outbreak Halts Streetcar Runs in Detroit

August 25, 2018 all-day

On Aug. 25, 1872, a disease that spread through Detroit’s horse population temporarily halted streetcar runs and forced express companies to deliver and collect in handcarts.


Mich-Again’s Day.

Equine influenza wikipedia article.

Adoniram B. Judson, “History and Course of the Epizo├Âtic among Horses upon the North American Continent in 1872-73.” Public health papers and reports 1 (1873): 88-109 online agrees but indicates the equine influenza probably reached Detroit in mid-October.

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