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Screen shot from 'Market Street before parade.'

A film of San Francisco's Market Street

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San Franciscan Andrew Smith Hallidie Patented the First Cable Car
January 17, 1871

Maybe he got the idea watching poor panting horses pull carriages full of people up San Francisco's steep hills. Whatever motivated him, Andrew Smith Hallidie patented his design for a "horseless streetcar" on January 17, 1871, and soon arranged financial backing to make a cable car system a reality.
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VIDEO CREDIT: "Market Street before parade / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.," 1903. Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress. Call Number LC 1703.