Thursday, August 24, 2023

150 Years of Cable Cars


When you think of San Francisco, the cable car comes to mind. This year the cable cars turn 150 believe it or not. In August 1873, the first trial of the cable car system was done. On Sept. 1,  1873, the Clay St. line began ushering the use of cable cars in San Francisco. 

The San Francisco Main Library has a display in honoring 150 years of the cable car.:

Original Clay St. Cable Car Design

19th century cable car tickets

The hand brake of a cable car

In 1947, the Mayor of San Francisco proposed to close the remaining two cable car lines and a citizen's group put together a referendum to change the city charter saying the city to continue to operate the two lines:

In 1982, the system was shut down for two years to rebuild it.  It reopened in 1984 and in time for the 1984 Democratic National Convention. 

The funny thing is I have only rode the cable cars a couple of times in my life but I am still glad they are a part of San Francisco:


  1. I love cable cars! They're so fun!

  2. That is definitely an iconic piece of San Francisco's history.

  3. Interesting display. Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 126. Pinned.

  4. I love cable cars and have ridden on them hundreds of times. A wonderful history.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous day, Patrick. ☺


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