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Street Car on California Street 1878

Aug. 2, 1873: San Francisco’s First Cable Car Conquers Nob Hill

Aug. 2, 1873: San Francisco’s First Cable Car Conquers Nob Hill // Image: "1873: Andrew Hallidie tests the first cable car in San Francisco." // Hallidie is said to have conceived his idea in 1869 while watching a team of horses being whipped as they struggled to pull a car up wet cobblestones on Nob Hill. They slipped and were dragged to their deaths. It so happened that Hallidie’s father held the British patent for wire-rope cable, and when the son came to the Gold Rush fi...

Golden Gate Park, 1897.

24th Street in Noe Valley, 1901

Golden Gate Park

The foot of Market Street (1898) looking west, taken from the top of San Francisco's Ferry Building.

Lombard Street at Night

Historic San Francisco: Cable car on California Street, 1879.

Philly

San Francisco's history is what makes it to great.