The cable car was introduced to san francisco on august 2, 1873. Hornblower classic cable cars san francisco cable cars. This is the definitive guide to san franciscos historic streetcars and cable cars. San franciscos first cable car line opened in 1873. Located in san franciscos washingtonmason powerhouse and carbarn, the museum provides a historical perspective and insight into todays system. Legend has it that hallidie was inspired to create the cable car after witnessing horses struggle to pull carriages up san franciscos steep hills. Wirecable manufacturer andrew hallidie conceived the idea after.
Discover our boutique hotel and book your stay with us today. Bring your friends, family or coworkers out on a ride around san francisco theyll never forget. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers. Work has included rebuilding of another historical car, the building of nine brand new replacement cars, the. 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. Aug 19, 2015 san francisco s first cable car line opened in 1873. Cable cars became an exclusively san francisco treat. We love miroslav saseks classic childrens guide books to the worlds largest cities. Don denevi book tells the history of the cable car in the san francisco area. Thankfully, that frustrating cable car christmas is all but lost in the history books.
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. The san francisco cable cars are one of the citys defining features. Even those who have lived in san francisco for years know surprisingly little about the citys intriguing past. 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. However, there is one particular icon which has endured the test of time and today still attracts tourists in their hundreds. History of the san francisco cable car golden gate hotel. Book tells the history of the cable car in the san francisco area. The san francisco cable car is still a san francisco treat to ride and an excellent way to experience the city of san francisco. San francisco cable cars trace their roots all the way back to 1873. 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 cable cars in san francisco run 365 days a year including holidays. 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 first successful cable operated street running train was the clay street hill railroad, which opened on august 2, 1873.
Of the 23 lines established between 1873 and 1890, only three remain one of which combines parts of two. 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. Kudos for one of the most active cable car sites online with info from all over the world. 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. San franciscos magnificent streetcars by kenneth c. From historic efforts to build the tracks and cars to battles over the cable cars development and continuing success, this documents. 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. A new book with lots of details on the history and workings of san franciscos. Cable cars a fun and iconic piece of san francisco history. 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. You may think of riding a san franciscos cable car as a city sight rather than as transportation. San franciscos powell street cable cars by emiliano. Hold on tight and enjoy the scenery as youre whisked around town. Cable car history cable car store san francisco souvenirs.
Located in san francisco s washingtonmason powerhouse and carbarn, the museum provides a historical perspective and insight into todays system. This 484page hardback tells the story of the cable car. The cable cars of san francisco, by robert callwell and walter rice, published by friends of the cable car museum, first edition, 2000. This collection of information, located on the internet and organized roughly by year, will clarify some of the most interesting parts. The reissue of maybelle the cable car, with original art retrieved from the san francisco public library archives, is a happy occasion. The history of the san francisco cable car a luxury. This post is a guide to riding the famous san francisco cable cars. 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.
Celebrating a century and a quarter of service, illustrate the detailed history of this important transit line with more than 200 vintage images. Choose from three cable car lines two start at powell and market and continue to the fishermans wharf area. Being tourists in thet city of san francisco, we absolutely had to ride the cable cars. The cable car home page san francisco cable car chronology. Presenting cable car history, technology, information, and gift shop.
Cable cars have come to symbolize our great city along with another worldrenowned transportation icon. This book is a photographic essay of san franciscos magnificent streetcars along with its historic cable cars and hill climbing trolley coaches. Discover below the history of the san francisco cable car and why it has become an icon of. It was one of the first things that we looked for when we made our way into downtown san francisco. San francisco cable cars you will enjoy strephon taylors new documentary san francisco cable cars. This 152page hardback is loaded with photographs of the san francisco cable car system. Cable cars were invented by andrew smith hallidie here in san francisco in 1873. The year the cable car haters almost ruined christmas.
The cable cars are an essential part of getting around in san francisco, and a lovely experience if youve never taken them before. Cable car days in san francisco 1945 history book ebay. The cable car home pageby cable car guy joe thompson. 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. Concerned that the cable car system would vanish, san francisco resident friedel klussmann rallied public support to save the cars. The cable car system continued to expand over the years, taking over horsedrawn streets, and modernizing technology and transportation. 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 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. To make it easier to locate an item of interest or just browse, the chronology has been divided into four eras. The san francisco cable car system is the last working system of its kind in the world. 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. Top 10 things you didnt know about san franciscos cable. The sfmta offers private charters on our historic cable cars and streetcars. Supposedly, hallidie witnessed a horsedrawn buggy struggling to pull an enormous load up one of the city.
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. 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. Nov, 2016 the san francisco cable cars are one of the citys defining features. No experience is more uniquely san francisco than a ride on a cable car. Car museum, worth a visit if you are interested in the mechanics and history of cable cars. Klussmann died in 1986, but her legend as the woman who saved the cable cars lives on. Oct 26, 2005 in this volume, cable car historians emiliano echeverria and walter rice, authors of san francisco s california street cable car. San franciscos cable cars are an internationally recognized symbol of the city, but they. 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. San franciscos internationally recognized cable cars are the symbol of the individual. The cable cars move by gripping an underground cable that is in constant motion, powered by an engine located in a central powerhouse. An online bookstore of san francisco, california books and authors.
Jan 23, 2017 klussmann died in 1986, but her legend as the woman who saved the cable cars lives on. Jan 04, 20 top 10 things you didnt know about san franciscos cable cars. You will find that tourists arent the only ones that use them to get around the city, so they are always in operation. Nob hill is one of san franciscos signature neighborhoods, renowned for its landmarks and the famous hotels that border huntington park. A trip to san francisco isnt complete without a ride on the cable car. Top 10 things you didnt know about san franciscos cable cars. Andrew smith hallidie saw the toll slippery grades could extract when a horse drawn streetcar slid backwards under its heavy load.
Cable cars san francisco 2020 all you need to know. A fleet history of the san francisco municipal railway. 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. A comprehensive guide to the bay areas best food, entertainment, outdoors, shopping, and more. 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. San francisco cable car system news newspapers books scholar jstor april 2017 learn how. On january 24, 1848, the first gold was found at sutters fort, in the california foothills. Friends of the cable car museum, san francisco, ca. San franciscos new cable cars were a massive success, and by 1890, 23 cable cars served san franciscos commuters. 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.
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 first successful cableoperated street running train was the clay street hill railroad, which opened on august 2, 1873. Within months, san francisco renamed from yerba buena in. The cable cars are a part of the san francisco muni system. This occasion marks the day andrew smith hallidie received the first patent for cable car railways in 1871. Why is san francisco the only city to still operate cable cars. A 10page prolog starts with the history of california. She was known to say, the cable cars are the heart of the city, and to lose them would be a real tragedy. Kahn and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. San franciscos magnificent streetcars history books. Virginia lee burton 19091968 was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children.
A list of books about the history of san francisco, its people and its landmarks. 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. San francisco is a city hailed for its landmarks, from the golden gate bridge to alcatraz island. Includes panoramic views of san francisco, the harbor, and the golden gate bridge. Maybelle the cable car by virginia lee burton, paperback. The place where cable cars were invented in 1873 had seen many cable lines converted to streetcars right after the 1906 earthquake and fire. By recounting actual events in san franciscos effort to keep the citys cable cars running, this classic. The san francisco cable car system is the worlds last manually operated cable car system. 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. The cable car and the dragon by herb caen, barbara ninde byfield. The california street cable car line is one of only three remaining lines in the city. Peter hartlaub is the san francisco chronicles pop culture critic. After all, were the city that first launched cars pulled along by cables running beneath the street.
Cable cars san francisco 2020 all you need to know before. You may think of riding a san francisco s cable car as a city sight rather than as transportation. All three san francisco cable car lines start around 6am and run until around 11pm most days. 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. The san francisco cable car chronology chronicles the citys cable car history from 1869 to today. The cable car history of san francisco san francisco to do.
From the beginnings of the concept by andrew hallidie through the cable car companies and their various lines, the history has many. 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. How cable cars became an exclusively san francisco treat. The history of the famous cable cars in san francisco. San franciscos worldfamous cable cars bay city guide san. Plan ahead, as sometimes theres a bit of a wait between cars. Cable car days in san francisco by kahn edgar m abebooks. Hallidie was served as the president of the mechanics institute, and called for a. This is the story of san francisco, a unique and rowdy tale with a legendary cast of characters. San franciscos powell street cable cars images of rail. 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.1515 369 1268 623 131 12 1315 1284 675 1408 91 678 1505 543 583 981 488 861 1587 1549 1653 1028 1201 425 674 858 823 360