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Evolution of Street Cars

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BC: The End

FC: By Victoria Laven | Evolution of Street Cars | period 2

1: "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." -Maya Angelou

2: After seeing a brutal horse accident Andrew Hallidie decided he could no longer stand to see the horses of San Francisco perform the excruciating work of moving people over the city's steep roadways.

3: Andrew Hallidie

4: San Fran's steep terrain | Wire cables at the San Francisco Cable Car Barn

5: Using metal ropes Hallidie had patented, he devised a mechanism by which cars were drawn by an endless cable running in a slot between the rails which passed over a steam-driven shaft in the powerhouse for the cable cars.

6: The first cable car, operated by the Clay Street Hill Railroad Company, 1873. Hallidie sits center front. | World's 1st cable car, built by Hallidie

7: On January 17th, 1871 Hallidie patented the first cable car and on August 2, 1873 he tested the first cable car system near the top of Nob Hill at Clay and Jones Street.

8: Because of San Francisco's steep terrain the cable car came to define the city. The success of the San Fran line led to the expansion of the system and many other cities adopted the street railway method of transportation.

9: Seattle street car | world famous cable car of San Fran

10: The street cars of San Francisco are still around today, but because of the development of technology they serve as mainly a popular tourist attraction, now. | current San Fran cable car

11: In the early 1900's electric cars were taking over as the main form of transportation.

12: Maya Angelou is a well known woman for many things, including her many autobiographies. In one she talks of her first seventeen years of life. One big accomplishment she had was getting a job as a San Francisco street car conductor. For a young African-American woman in the 1940's, that was unheard of.

13: 1940 San Francisco Street Cars

14: Images | http:/// streetcars.php |

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