November 17, 2022

Today in History: Cable Cars

Last Updated on May 12, 2022

Market Street, San Francisco, Cal.
Today in History–January 17–the Library of Congress features cable cars. On this day in 1879, San Franciscan Andrew Smith Hallidie patented an improved “Endless Wire Ropeway”, which would become the cable-car system. San Francisco’s success with cable cars led to their introduction in cities across the country. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below for primary sources related to cable cars and transportation.

Cable car historical newspaper articles

Cable car images

Cable car films

The Cable Car” (1891 pamphlet)

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