“We love these cars. We love the people. We love what it does for Kenosha.
Everybody who gets on these cars gets the biggest smile on their face. My family gets joy by seeing other people enjoy this.”
- Bradley Preston
Bradley Preston has the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Hop on his streetcar in downtown Kenosha and Preston will transport you to a world that feels like a scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Inside Preston’s red, 1951 Presidents’ Conference Committee streetcar, cheerful hearts hang from the ceiling.Metal support poles are lovingly converted to mouth-watering peppermint sticks. Giant hearts on the front and back of the streetcar deliver a message of love as the streetcar loops around the track.
These Valentine's Day decorations are a welcome surprise to Kenosha streetcar fans who typically expect the decked out cars only at Christmas or Halloween. Preston’s wife, Lori suggested the new Valentine’s Day theme and even combed local stores looking for material. A niece, in-laws and others hung many of the ornaments that make this car special.
As you talk with Preston, a Kenosha Area Transit streetcar mechanic, it’s easy to see his passion for the city’s streetcars. However, you’ll also discover his love for Kenosha’s historic downtown. In fact, Preston says the streetcar plays an important role when it comes to building a healthy downtown.
It has become an iconic symbol of Kenosha,” Preston says. “So many of the emblems for Kenosha include a streetcar. It’s just one of the things that make Kenosha what it is today. We know that people come here from all over the world and we can show them all the places that the streetcar goes by.”
If Valentine’s Day is the day you show love, Preston’s streetcar provides the perfect backdrop. The festive ride is perfect for parents looking to create a memorable Valentine’s Day experience for young children. And if you want to show that you put some time and thought into this Valentine’s Day date night, Kenosha’s streetcar is just what you need to say, I love you.
Looking for something to do as the cold weather continues for another four months?
I've been in the Midwest most my life but around this time of year, I'm sick of the cold. Even the kids start to complain. Recently, I've heard a lot of parents asking - what's to do?
I'm still new to Kenosha but already the Kenosha YMCA ranks high on my list. It's our refuge even when the temperature dips well below zero. For $98 per student, the Y offers 45-minute swim lessons that are hard to beat. When summer does get here, the girls will be ready for the Wisconsin lakes we plan to explore.