Recent Streetsblog SF posts about History

Of Cable Cars and Whales

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A Clay Street Hill Railroad dummy and traile cable car atop Nob Hill, c. 1875. The invention of cable cars in 1873 by Andrew Hallidie is an oft-told saga, with a perhaps apocryphal point of origin on a rainy winter day in 1869 when he saw a team of horses pulling a horsecar up a […]

The Heyday of Horsecars

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In 1907 the horse was still a major part of the transportation picture, but the horsecars that dominated the 19th century were being replaced. Editor’s note: This is one in an occasional series of stories on the history of transit in San Francisco. After walking through the mud and sand of early San Francisco, locals […]

Wind Powered Transportation…Back Then

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This is the second installment of a slow journey through San Francisco transit history. All of this information is derived from our Shaping San Francisco collection that you can explore on Foundsf.org. "Arrived All Well" by William Coulter (1909) is a painting that hung in the Merchant Exchange over the chalkboards that indicated what cargoes […]

Walking through the Sand

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I’ll be slowly going through San Francisco transit history over the next few months. All of this information is derived from our Shaping San Francisco collection that you can explore on Foundsf.org. Also, I’ll be conducting a 4-hour "Transit history" bike tour on Sat. April 24. Today we start where it all began, in the […]