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Andrew Smith Hallidie

Site of Eastern Terminus First Street Cars in the World Propelled by Cable

 
 
Andrew Smith Hallidie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 14, 2014
1. Andrew Smith Hallidie Marker
Inscription.
Commenced operation August 1, 1873. Ceased February 15, 1947. Invented and installed by Andrew S. Hallidie, born London, England March 16, 1836. Died San Francisco, April 24, 1900. Pioneer manufacturer of wire cables, Regent University of California, twice member board of Freeholders for drafting proposed city charter, served on first Board of Trustees, 1878 of the San Francisco Public Library.
 
Erected by California State Park Commission, base by Friends of Andrew S. Hallidie. (Marker Number CHL 500.)
 
Location. 37° 47.684′ N, 122° 24.305′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Kearny Street near Clay Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 733 Kearny Street, San Francisco CA 94108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Portsmouth Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the First Public School in California (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Jenny Lind Theatre and San Francisco City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Raising of the American Flag
Andrew Smith Hallidie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 14, 2014
2. Andrew Smith Hallidie Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Site of San Francisco’s First Book Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Benjamen Chinn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); California Star (about 400 feet away); Pony Express (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Portsmouth Square Plaza.
 
Also see . . .
1. Andrew Smith Hallidie - The Vitrual Museum of the City of San Francisco. His early training was of a scientific and mechanical character, and at ten years of age he successfully constructed an "electrical machine." When he was thirteen he began work in a machine shop and drawing office operated by his brother, and there gained the practical experience that stood him in good service during the remainder of his life. (Submitted on January 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. San Francisco Cable Car History. The driving force behind the San Francisco cable car system came from a man who witnessed a horrible accident
San Francisco's First Cable Car image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1873
3. San Francisco's First Cable Car
on a typically damp summer day in 1869. Andrew Smith Hallidie saw the toll slippery grades could extract when a horse- drawn streetcar slid backwards under its heavy load. The steep slope with wet cobblestones and a heavily weighted vehicle combined to drag five horses to their deaths. Although such a sight would stun anyone, Hallidie and his partners had the know-how to do something about the problem.
(Submitted on January 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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