San Francisco cable cars

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The hallmark of the city of San Francisco is the network of cable cars operating since 1873, which is both a city vehicle and a historical landmark.

General Abner Doubleday invented the cable car. After retiring after the end of the war, he received a patent for a cable car. In the first half of the 20th century, the cable car network gradually fell into decay and almost everywhere in San Francisco, these trams were replaced by buses. 

However, in 1947, the townspeople created a volunteer committee to rescue the remaining cable cars as monuments of the city’s history.

There are now three cable car lines in the city – the first, stretching from Market Street to Fisherman’s Wharf, and the second, located from Powell Meson to Powell Hyde, run almost parallel to each other, and the third line, located from California Street to Embarcadero, runs perpendicular to them.

The San Francisco cable car network is included in the US National Register of Historic Monuments, and the city also has the Cable Car Museum, where you can learn about the history of its creation and buy a variety of souvenirs.


Last updated: 20/12/2022

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