Oh, the iconic cable car. No trip San Francisco is complete without photos of them! In addition to three new photos of cable cars below, here are my favorite facts about San Francisco’s cable cars:
- The San Francisco cable car system is the last working system of its kind in the world. (Be careful not to confuse cable cars with street cars!)
- They are the only mobile National Monument in the world, and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Maya Angelou was San Francisco’s first African American (and female) cable car conductor. Yes, that Maya Angelou.
- Friedel Klussmann, the woman whose name graces the archway of the outer terminal of the Powell-Hyde line, is known as the woman who saved San Francisco’s cable cars.
- The Cable Car Museum is not only free, but also a fascinating way to learn more about these national treasures in the City by the Bay.
Cable Car Photo #1. Car #54 getting ready for business.
Cable Car Photo #2. Car #60 on Market Street with the Ferry Building in the background.
Cable Car Photo #3. Car #6 on the Powell Line near Union Square.