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Advent of the Cable-Car System in San Francisco โ€“ Andrew Smith Hallidie – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 4

Advent of the Cable-Car System in San Francisco โ€“ Andrew Smith Hallidie – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 4

The advent of the cable-car system in San Francisco will always revolve around the name of Andrew Smith Hallidie who contributed significantly to its birth and development, although he should not be regarded as the only one who did so.

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Tide of Empire on the San Francisco Bay

Tide of Empire on the San Francisco Bay

Go to the narrows of the strait where the ocean has cleft the western mountain wall and invaded the continent.

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Bridges as Symbols โ€“ The Golden Gate Bridge

Bridges as Symbols โ€“ The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge, too, can only be grasped in terms of its full setting.

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Bridges as Symbols โ€“ The Bay Bridge

Bridges as Symbols โ€“ The Bay Bridge

The great bridges of history have been expressions of the spirit of the civilizations which produced them. Perhaps because a bridge is both a joining together and a means of expanding human freedom, men have long recognized bridges as symbols of human and religious values.

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Night in the San Francisco Bay

Night in the San Francisco Bay

Just after sundown the San Francisco Bay is a pool of light in the darkening evening.

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History of San Francisco

The Age of the Cable Car – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 7

The Age of the Cable Car – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 7

With this significant beginning of the Cable Cars on Saturday, August 2, 11873, in San Francisco, the United States entered upon the age of the Cable Car.

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Hallidie and the Cable-Cars of San Francisco –  The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 5

Hallidie and the Cable-Cars of San Francisco – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 5

The next decade, the 1860โ€™s, found Hallidie and his business associates busily designing and construction wire rope suspension bridges; among the profitable inventions that came from a well-trained and ingenious mind was that called the โ€œHallidie Ropewayโ€ which became one of the several types of aerial tramways used by mine operators in California and throughout […]

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Advent of the Cable-Car System in San Francisco โ€“ Andrew Smith Hallidie – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 4

Advent of the Cable-Car System in San Francisco โ€“ Andrew Smith Hallidie – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 4

The advent of the cable-car system in San Francisco will always revolve around the name of Andrew Smith Hallidie who contributed significantly to its birth and development, although he should not be regarded as the only one who did so.

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From Horse Cars to Cable Cars in San Francisco – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 3

From Horse Cars to Cable Cars in San Francisco – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 3

The rectangular street pattern which had been devised for the cityโ€™s downtown streets by Jasper Oโ€™Farrell and others had imposed some steep grades which were not easily negotiated by horse cars, although some attempts were made in this direction.

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Horse “Omnibus” – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 2

Horse “Omnibus” – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 2

It is not surprising that San Franciscoโ€™s Cable Car transportation โ€œsystemโ€ if, indeed, it merited such a name, was not exactly planned.

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San Francisco Bay

The Lesser Spans: Richmond – San Rafael Bridge

The Lesser Spans: Richmond – San Rafael Bridge

Spanning various arms of the San Francisco Bay are several smaller bridges, such as the Southern Pacific railroad bridge between Martinez and Benicia, the drawbridge at Antioch over the San Joaquin channel, and the curving span over Richardson Bay, just north of Sausalito.

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The Lesser Spans – San Mateo Bridge

The Lesser Spans – San Mateo Bridge

After the finishing of the Benicia-Martinez-Bridge, two years later the San Francisco Bay was spanned again, this time by a low-level drawbridge at the midpoint of the lower bay near San Mateo.

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The Lesser Spans – Benicia-Martinez-Bridge

The Lesser Spans – Benicia-Martinez-Bridge

The first of the San Francisco Bayโ€™s high โ€“ level bridges was the spectacular four โ€“ thousand โ€“ foot cantilever structure built in 1927 across the โ€žinner Golden Gateโ€œ at Carquinez, with a three-lane deck high enough to allow the passage of ships to Stockton.

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A Half Century of Bridges โ€“ Dumbarton Bridge

A Half Century of Bridges โ€“ Dumbarton Bridge

The fame of the two biggest bridges has eclipsed the fact that the bay had been spanned several times previously and that new crossings are still being constructed. The San Francisco Bayโ€™s first bridge was a railroad trestle built in 1906 by the Southern Pacific at the narrow of the shallow southern part of the […]

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Out of the North

Out of the North

Cold spells on the bay are rare. San Francisco is kept warm in winter, as it is kept cool in summer, by the even-temperatured waters around it.

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Curiosities of San Francisco

The Bonanza Age in San Francisco: Emperor Norton I

The Bonanza Age in San Francisco: Emperor Norton I

By 1876, San Francisco had reached the respectable age of one hundred, since both presidio and mission date from 1776.

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The Spectacle at the Gate

The Spectacle at the Gate

The most spectacular show put on by the fog takes the place at the narrows of the Golden Gate.

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Goat Island – Yerba Buena

Goat Island – Yerba Buena

Replete with legendary treasures, Yerba Buena has also been generously endowed with names, having had a various times more titles than all the bayโ€™s other major islands together.

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The Legend of Don Abecco Monte Janeiro โ€“ Yerba Buena

The Legend of Don Abecco Monte Janeiro โ€“ Yerba Buena

Among Yerba Buenaโ€™s other legends of treasure one has a particularly imaginative twist.

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The Lost Treasure of Mission Dolores

The Lost Treasure of Mission Dolores

One of Yerba Buenaโ€™s earliest legends arose out of the Mexican Governmentโ€™s secularization of the California missions in 1833.

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