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: