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California Street Cable Cars Line

 
 
California Street Cable Cars Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 10, 2014
1. California Street Cable Cars Line Marker
Inscription.
In Honor of the One Hundredth Anniversary
of the
California Street Cable Cars Line
and Leland Stanford
Among the significant contributions of the Governor Leland Stanford family, whose home was located at this site, was their important role in the establishment of the California Street Cable Car Line which began operation on April 10, 1878. This plaque was dedicated on April 10, 1978 to their aid in honor of the one hundredth anniversary in the presence of Mr. Eric Mersing Stanford and Mr. James Howe Stanford, family descendants.

Mr. Robert Downing-Olson, President and Chairman, The Nob Hill Historical Society. • Mrs. Hans Klussman, Honorary Chairman, Cable Car Friends • The Honorable Cyril Magnin, Chairman, One Hundredth Anniversary Committee, Cable Car Friends
 
Erected 1978 by Cable Car Friends.
 
Location. 37° 47.625′ N, 122° 23.77′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Drumm Street and California Street, on the left when traveling south on Drumm Street. Touch for map. This marker is mounted on the Embarcadero 5 Building, the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 Drumm Street, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
California Street Cable Cars Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 10, 2014
2. California Street Cable Cars Line Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert Lee Frost (a few steps from this marker); San Francisco Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Gunnybags (about 600 feet away); The Abraham Lincoln Brigade (about 700 feet away); Freeway Supports (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of Howard Sperry and Nick Bordoise (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Leidesdorff (approx. 0.2 miles away); Klebingat Recalls The City Front (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  San Francisco Cable Car History. The driving force behind the San Francisco cable car system came from a man who witnessed a horrible accident 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 February 17, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
The cable car turnaround image. Click for full size.
By Danielle Porreca, October 13, 2016
3. The cable car turnaround
The recently renovated Powell and Market cable car turnaround.
Powell at Market Street Turntable image. Click for full size.
By Smith News Company, circa 1943
4. Powell at Market Street Turntable
"At the foot of Powell at Market is the famous corner where the cable car is turned around bodily by the crew before starting the journey up the hill again."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 303 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   4. submitted on February 22, 2014. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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