SF History Night: Saving the Cable Cars | SF
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St. Philip’s Church | 725 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
SF History Night | Pacific Heights
Cable cars are a premier symbol of the City-by-the-Bay, known and loved throughout the world. But, as it is to believe, they were almost relegated to the scrap heap barely 60 years ago by the city where the system was born.
Michael Phipps will give a presentation on the battle to save San Francisco’s famed cable car system during the 1940s and 1950s. He will share a treasure trove of historical photographs, ephemera, and stories. He will detail how a small group of San Franciscans kept the fabled hill-climbers running, and how that battle reverberated around the world, and ultimately resulted in permanent protection for the little cars of another era. Mike Phipps is a fourth-generation San Franciscan and director at the Cable Car Museum. He co-wrote a complete history of the cable cars, Watermusic in the Track: A History of San Francisco Cable Cars.