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Made in USA
Andrew Smith Hallidie, son of the inventor of “wire rope” cable, came to the U.S. in 1852. In 1869, while watching horses struggle on the steep cobblestone hills he conceived the idea for cable cars. Traveling these hills with horses was difficult and dangerous.
In 1873 the first cable car was tested on Clay Street. By 1889 there were numerous cable car companies and combined they had laid 53 miles of track.
Eventually technological advancements led to electric streetcars and buses that would soon replace the cable cars. All total, San Francisco had 23 cable car lines but today only 3 remain. The San Francisco cable car system is the world's last manually operated cable car system.
Today, these three cable car lines are used by approximately 7 million people, the majority being tourists. Cable car rides are among the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.
San Francisco’s hills and cable cars have made many appearances in movies, television shows and commercials. They’re historic, romantic and dramatic all at once.
Whatever it is that fascinates you, you’ll cherish the memories with charm.
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