Happy Cable Car Day!!

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January 17th is Cable Car Day!

Cable Car

The cable car was invented because a man named Andrew Smith Hallidie noticed that horses were struggling to get up the steep streets of San Francisco. In 1871, he received a patent for his system, and by late 1873, the first cable car was installed and working on Clay Street (at Kearny). 

Cable Car plaque

I’m just telling you a small part of the whole cable car tale. It’s really quite a story! Read more about it here.


A recently-refurbished portrait of Hallidie hangs at the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco. On January 20, the Institute’s librarian is hosting a talk about his life and an unveiling of the restored portrait. 

Clay street hill wire rope rail road