San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Electric Streetcar Line
A Breathtaking Ride
The No. 1 Sutter and California streetcar line, known to locals as "the cliff line," followed the same route as the famed Ferries & Cliff House Railway built earlier by Adolph Sutro. Like Sutro's steam train, the electric trolley, was known for its spectacular views — and its perilous route. Despite retaining walls along portions of the line, including the cement wall behind you, landslides and washouts were common, requiring constant repairs.
In February 1925, heavy rains caused several landslides, damaging sections of the tracks. Repairs were deemed too costly, and the line was abandoned. A breathtaking ride was over forever.
Erected by Golden Gate National Recreation Area, National Park Service.
Location. 37° 47.048′ N, 122° 30.55′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Coastal Trail half a mile north of Land's End Parking Lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94121, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Navigating the Golden Gate - Bonfires, buoys, and foghorns (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sutro’s Steam Train (about 700 feet away); Heavy Cruiser USS San Francisco (CA38) (about 800 feet away); This Memorial to Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan (about 800 feet away); The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (about 800 feet away); FDR's Salute (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peoples of the Coast - Why did they live here? (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Shipwrecks - Lost at the Golden Gate (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. The marker is accessible only by foot. From the Land's End parking lot, follow the Coastal Trail for 10-15 minutes to the second concrete lookout.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on August 20, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 21, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 5. submitted on August 20, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.