On this day in 1897, the Boston subway opened on Tremont Street. It was the nation's first underground subway. The Gibson family, and all of Boston residents, used many different types of transport over the years. In the mid 1800s, public horse-drawn carriages were popular, like this one in Cambridge. Later, electric trolleys, which first ran above ground, were introduced. Wealthy families, like the Gibsons, were able to to afford to hire a private carriage or car. They even did so to transport their belongings to their summer home in Nahant every year. It seems unlikely that they took the subway, even though the Tremont Street stop was close to their home.
(Photos courtesy of the Boston Public Library)