The winner of the 1942 caldecott medal for the little house, burtons books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. Top 10 things you didnt know about san franciscos cable. The year the cable car haters almost ruined christmas. The san francisco cable car is still a san francisco treat to ride and an excellent way to experience the city of san francisco.
The sfmta offers private charters on our historic cable cars and streetcars. The cable car was introduced to san francisco on august 2, 1873. In a takethatsan francisco, journalist and author greg borzo, discusses how historians have built up the west coast citys cable car system and ignored chicagos historical contribution. Written by market street railway president rick laubscher, this 128page guide tells you the story of each vintage vehicle, gives you riding tips, lists the historic sites youll pass on each route, and shares insider secrets for great walks that link to your historic ride. The history of the san francisco cable car a luxury. Of the 23 lines established between 1873 and 1890, only three remain one of which combines parts of two. Cable car days in san francisco by kahn edgar m abebooks.
Hold on tight and enjoy the scenery as youre whisked around town. All three san francisco cable car lines start around 6am and run until around 11pm most days. She was known to say, the cable cars are the heart of the city, and to lose them would be a real tragedy. The san francisco cable car system is the worlds last manually operated cable car system. This collection of information, located on the internet and organized roughly by year, will clarify some of the most interesting parts. Celebrating a century and a quarter of service, illustrate the detailed history of this important transit line with more than 200 vintage images. By recounting actual events in san franciscos effort to keep the citys cable cars running, this classic. Full text of the cable cars of san francisco see other formats history of the hill climbers the cable car has often been referred to as the very em bodiment of the days following the gold rush when san francisco lived high, wide and handsome, when the citys prominent families such as the crockers and the floods and the mackays were importing rare wines, crystal, and the finest works of. Cable car days in san francisco 1945 history book ebay. History of the san francisco cable car golden gate hotel.
The first successful cable operated street running train was the clay street hill railroad, which opened on august 2, 1873. Discover our boutique hotel and book your stay with us today. Coordinating with our kids travel guide to san francisco, we are featuring 3 books related to the city by the bay. San franciscos cable cars are an internationally recognized symbol of the city, but they. The cable car home page san francisco cable car chronology. Cable cars have come to symbolize our great city along with another worldrenowned transportation icon. A 10page prolog starts with the history of california. Invented here nearly 150 years ago and named a national historic landmark in 1964, todays san francisco cable cars are kept in tiptop shape by our agency. The cable cars in san francisco run 365 days a year including holidays. The cable cars move by gripping an underground cable that is in constant motion, powered by an engine located in a central powerhouse.
After all, were the city that first launched cars pulled along by cables running beneath the street. A cultural and literary history cities of the imagination series by mick sinclair traces the history of the city through upheavals of landmarks, psychedelia, and writers. Plan ahead, as sometimes theres a bit of a wait between cars. A new book with lots of details on the history and workings of san franciscos. The reissue of maybelle the cable car, with original art retrieved from the san francisco public library archives, is a happy occasion. Mar 29, 2016 the battle of car 51 in 1954 was a seminal moment in what was a decade long political and social war over san franciscos beloved cable car system. Oct 26, 2005 in this volume, cable car historians emiliano echeverria and walter rice, authors of san francisco s california street cable car. Hallidie was served as the president of the mechanics institute, and called for a. The successful development of the electric streetcar by frank sprague in 1888 plus the 1906 san francisco earthquake resulted in the decline of the cable car system. Aug 19, 2015 san francisco s first cable car line opened in 1873. Choose from three cable car lines two start at powell and market and continue to the fishermans wharf area. Cable cars became an exclusively san francisco treat. An online bookstore of san francisco, california books and authors. San francisco cable cars you will enjoy strephon taylors new documentary san francisco cable cars.
A hip guide to the citys clubs, live music, events, film, theatre, galleries, and museums. Peter hartlaub is the san francisco chronicles pop culture critic. Check out tales from the gripby gripman val lupiz a behind the scenes look at the people who run san franciscos cable cars market street railway. Thankfully, that frustrating cable car christmas is all but lost in the history books. It was one of the first things that we looked for when we made our way into downtown san francisco. Jan 23, 2017 klussmann died in 1986, but her legend as the woman who saved the cable cars lives on. Just take a look at these pictures of cable cars in san francisco to see how cute and oldfashioned they are, in the best kind of way. In this volume, cable car historians emiliano echeverria and walter rice, authors of san franciscos california street cable car.
The cable car system in san francisco can be credited in large part to andrew s hallidie, an engineer originally hailing from scotland, who promptly saw the need for better transportation options in the city by the bay. You may think of riding a san francisco s cable car as a city sight rather than as transportation. The cable car history of san francisco san francisco to do. On january 24, 1848, the first gold was found at sutters fort, in the california foothills. Concerned that the cable car system would vanish, san francisco resident friedel klussmann rallied public support to save the cars. The san francisco cable car system is the last working system of its kind in the world. This post is a guide to riding the famous san francisco cable cars. San franciscos worldfamous cable cars bay city guide san. This book is a photographic essay of san franciscos magnificent streetcars along with its historic cable cars and hill climbing trolley coaches. Legend has it that hallidie was inspired to create the cable car after witnessing horses struggle to pull carriages up san franciscos steep hills. The cable cars of san francisco, by robert callwell and walter rice, published by friends of the cable car museum, first edition, 2000. Wirecable manufacturer andrew hallidie conceived the idea after. San francisco is a city hailed for its landmarks, from the golden gate bridge to alcatraz island.
Andrew smith hallidie saw the toll slippery grades could extract when a horse drawn streetcar slid backwards under its heavy load. How cable cars became an exclusively san francisco treat. The place where cable cars were invented in 1873 had seen many cable lines converted to streetcars right after the 1906 earthquake and fire. The history of the famous cable cars in san francisco. Presenting cable car history, technology, information, and gift shop. An icon of san francisco, the cable car system forms part of the intermodal urban transport network operated by the san francisco municipal railway. The battle of car 51 in 1954 was a seminal moment in what was a decade long political and social war over san franciscos beloved cable car system. This is the story of san francisco, a unique and rowdy tale with a legendary cast of characters. A fleet history of the san francisco municipal railway. To make it easier to locate an item of interest or just browse, the chronology has been divided into four eras. Being tourists in thet city of san francisco, we absolutely had to ride the cable cars. Kudos for one of the most active cable car sites online with info from all over the world. Hallidies cable car system would survive the great san francisco earthquake and fires of 1906, soldier through both world wars, outlast political attempts to have the cars removed in the late 1940s and 1950s, and go on to become the worldwide symbol of san francisco that it is today.
Cable cars were invented by andrew smith hallidie here in san francisco in 1873. You may think of riding a san franciscos cable car as a city sight rather than as transportation. Why is san francisco the only city to still operate cable cars. The san francisco cable car chronology chronicles the citys cable car history from 1869 to today. Score a book s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. San franciscos magnificent streetcars history books. Cable car history cable car store san francisco souvenirs. Includes panoramic views of san francisco, the harbor, and the golden gate bridge.
San francisco cable car system news newspapers books scholar jstor april 2017 learn how. San franciscos powell street cable cars by emiliano. Located in san franciscos washingtonmason powerhouse and carbarn, the museum provides a historical perspective and insight into todays system. Maybelle the cable car by virginia lee burton, paperback.
Supposedly, hallidie witnessed a horsedrawn buggy struggling to pull an enormous load up one of the city. Even those who have lived in san francisco for years know surprisingly little about the citys intriguing past. The cable cars are a part of the san francisco muni system. In 1869, andrew smith hallidie had the idea for a cable car system in san francisco, reportedly after witnessing an accident in which a streetcar drawn by horses over wet cobblestones slid backwards, killing the horses. From historic efforts to build the tracks and cars to battles over the cable cars development and continuing success, this documents. The san francisco cable cars are one of the citys defining features. Cable cars san francisco 2020 all you need to know. However, there is one particular icon which has endured the test of time and today still attracts tourists in their hundreds. Book tells the history of the cable car in the san francisco area.
Cable cars san francisco 2020 all you need to know before. Within months, san francisco renamed from yerba buena in. The california street cable car line is one of only three remaining lines in the city. We love miroslav saseks classic childrens guide books to the worlds largest cities. From historic efforts to build the tracks and cars to battles over the cable car s development and continuing success, this documents both political and social developments surrounding san francisco s historic public transit. From the beginnings of the concept by andrew hallidie through the cable car companies and their various lines, the history has many.
A list of books about the history of san francisco, its people and its landmarks. Hallidies cable car system was based on early mining conveyance systems and dominated the citys transit scene for more than 30 years. From the beginnings of the concept by andrew hallidie through the cable car companies and their various lines, the history has many illustrations. This occasion marks the day andrew smith hallidie received the first patent for cable car railways in 1871. Shows a cable car, a ship in the harbor, winding streets, structured homes, chinatown, fishermans wharf, the shore drive, a sunset, and traffic on the golden gate. Bring your friends, family or coworkers out on a ride around san francisco theyll never forget. The original san francisco cable car had its grip and break mechanism in a lead dummy car and put the passengers in a trailer car towed behind it. A comprehensive guide to the bay areas best food, entertainment, outdoors, shopping, and more. This 484page hardback tells the story of the cable car.
The driving force behind the san francisco cable car system came from a man who witnessed a horrible accident on a typically damp summer day in 1869. This is the definitive guide to san franciscos historic streetcars and cable cars. Nob hill is one of san franciscos signature neighborhoods, renowned for its landmarks and the famous hotels that border huntington park. Hallidies cable car system would survive the great san francisco earthquake and fires of 1906, soldier on through two world wars and outlast political attempts to remove the. At the intersection of powell and market streets in union square you will find the a booth for ticket sales for the cable car as well as some other types of products such as parking and weekly, monthly tickets. San franciscos powell street cable cars images of rail. The cable cars are an essential part of getting around in san francisco, and a lovely experience if youve never taken them before. Top 10 things you didnt know about san franciscos cable cars. Jan 04, 20 top 10 things you didnt know about san franciscos cable cars. Kahn and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at.
You will find that tourists arent the only ones that use them to get around the city, so they are always in operation. At over 140 years old, the san francisco cable cars are a moving monument, a snapshot of nearly lost technology, a romance story, and the very heart of the city. The first successful cableoperated street running train was the clay street hill railroad, which opened on august 2, 1873. Friends of the cable car museum, san francisco, ca. Klussmann died in 1986, but her legend as the woman who saved the cable cars lives on. San franciscos first cable car line opened in 1873.
Nov, 2016 the san francisco cable cars are one of the citys defining features. Hornblower classic cable cars san francisco cable cars. Don denevi book tells the history of the cable car in the san francisco area. The cable car system continued to expand over the years, taking over horsedrawn streets, and modernizing technology and transportation. Virginia lee burton 19091968 was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children.
It tells of the indians and the spanish missions, the arrival of thousands of gold seekers and gamblers, crackbrains and dreamers, the building of the transcontinental railroad and the cable car, labor strife and political shenanigans, the 1906 earthquake and fire, two world wars, two worlds fairs. The cable car and the dragon by herb caen, barbara ninde byfield. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers. Hallidie was served as the president of the mechanics institute, and called for a public library after frustrating attempts to convert his privately endowed library. No experience is more uniquely san francisco than a ride on a cable car. Work has included rebuilding of another historical car, the building of nine brand new replacement cars, the. San francisco cable cars trace their roots all the way back to 1873. The cable car home pageby cable car guy joe thompson. Discover below the history of the san francisco cable car and why it has become an icon of. San franciscos new cable cars were a massive success, and by 1890, 23 cable cars served san franciscos commuters. Cable cars a fun and iconic piece of san francisco history. This 152page hardback is loaded with photographs of the san francisco cable car system. San franciscos internationally recognized cable cars are the symbol of the individual. A trip to san francisco isnt complete without a ride on the cable car.1162 1371 1206 486 71 1052 325 1494 1454 1201 847 1355 571 244 1068 1564 1156 60 996 1320 15 1127 746 166 924 782 1250 1088 1218