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Retired software engineer who grew up in Montana, went to Montana State College in Bozeman, and moved to California to work at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). Carto's Library is about books I've read and liked; Carto's Logbook is about photography, travel and adventure. Mt. Maurice Times is tall tales mostly biographical.

Heritage — San Francisco’s Cable Cars

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Cable Car, San Francisco, 1954

My introduction to the cable cars of San Francisco came in the year 1954 when I was a navy trainee stationed on Treasure Island for a few months. Most weekends I took the train from the Yerba Buena station on the island and rode across the Bay Bridge into the city. The cable cars were the best way to get up and over the hills, and the Powell St. cable was my favorite. It went up Knob Hill then as it does today.

My camera at that time was an Argus C3 that I bought at the Navy Post Exchange in San Diego. A few of my photos taken while in the USN have survived the years. Among them are the cable car shots and these photos of downtown San Francisco.

(Please, Click on any photo to enlarge.)

The tradition continues — I must go up to the city and take a new shot. Until then there is the Cable Car Museum on-line.

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