Silver : “Phoebe, Cable Car Day, on a Cat Blog, really??”

Phoebe:- “You bet! Wellington has a wonderful one, and Mum visited San Francisco and rode one there. Of COURSE we are reporting on Cable Car Day!

Silver: “OK Phoebe, but keep it brief OK?”   

Today we celebrate something amazing – Cable Cars!

Today is the day the very first cable car patent was lodged in 1871 by British-born, US resident Andrew Smith Hallidie. He had seen horses fall and even die trying to pull cars up very steep Jackson Street in San Francisco. His reaction as a human being, and an engineer, was to do something so he patented the beginnings of the cable car system.  

Cable Cars in San Francisco
The San Francisco Cable Car

Cable Cars – Famous Facts!

  • Wellington, New Zealand has its own bright red cable car (see header) which takes visitors to the Botanic Gardens. The view is stunning.
  • The Cable Car is also part of the city’s commuter route, so it gets busy during the rush hour!
  • San Francisco, nearly lost its iconic cable cars in 1947 when Mayor Lapham considered them ‘uneconomic’. Freidal Klussman began a campaign to save them. This went ‘viral’ in the press of the day, and the move was defeated!
  • How do the cars work? The San Francisco Cable Car Museum shows how here.

San Francisco Cable Car Ride from Marjorie Dawson on Vimeo.

Mum made the famous cable car ride after her stint as International BlogPaws Ambassador to the BlogPaws Conference; when visiting Savvy, and Spitty the Kittys Mom Mary. They made Mum’s trip to the City really special.

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Phoebe Kitten
on Cable Car Day
Phoebe from Dash Kitten


References :-
Wellington Cable Car Image Credit – Ian Trafford
The SF City Cable Car Museum
Cable Car Day

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    January 20, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Thanks for sharing this fascinating history lesson. There is an artist in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that paints street cars. I’m glad they took over and saved the horses.


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    January 20, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Love riding cable cars! San Francisco is a great city, glad you had a good time there. Didn’t realize there were cable cars in Wellington. A friend of mine lived there for a few years and really liked it.


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    January 20, 2017 at 2:24 am

    love cable cars! the ones in the Czech Republic are pet friendly! So are the ones in Switzerland – they even have a pet ticket!


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    Tenacious Little Terrier

    January 19, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Mr. N has not been on a streetcar yet. I guess I should take him!


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    The Swiss Cats

    January 19, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Claire got to ride San Francisco cable car, and we’ve got many of them here ! Purrs


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    Sweet Purrfections

    January 19, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Mom Paula still regrets not riding the cable cars when she visited San Francisco.


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    Rebecca at MattieDog

    January 19, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    We loved that you shared the cable car video – it’s so soothing and iconic! Thank the cats for letting you post about them 🙂


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    Val Silver

    January 19, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I’ve never been in a cable car but it looks like fun.


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    Tonya Wilhelm

    January 19, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    That looks like a great way to tour the city. I hope to get out west some day….


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    Ruth Epstein

    January 19, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I live in San Francisco and have done them, love them and have taken Layla on the F Line Trolley more than once 🙂 Next time you here lets meet for coffee


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    January 19, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I never even thought to wonder why cable cars were invented. We were in San Francisco a few months ago, and those hills are crazy steep. Sadly, we didn’t have the chance to ride a cable car.


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    Bryn Nowell

    January 19, 2017 at 10:04 am

    We had a blast using the cable cars while visiting San Francisco! It was a highlight of our trip. Thanks for sharing those awesome facts!


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    January 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    My first experience with a cable car was when I visited San Francisco. I thought they were so neat! I didn’t know there was a Cable Car Day, that’s really neat! I love your pictures by the way!


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    Luna C. Lupus

    January 19, 2017 at 4:19 am

    I love cable cars! We drove around in them many years ago when I visited Switzerland and I absolutely adored the experience! Would do it again! 🙂


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    Marty the Manx

    January 18, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Oh I have ridden the cable car in NZ when I lived there 🙂 thanks for sharing, it brought back so many good memories.
    Marty’s Mom


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    The Island Cats

    January 18, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    We wish there were more cable cars around these days.


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    Deziz World

    January 18, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Mommy rode da cable cars in San Diego when she lived there. They’re really cool. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena


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    January 18, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I hear that we had these in my human’s grandmother’s day – would be nice if they came back!


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    January 18, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I never thought about how the cars got started … but the hills in San Fran make sense. Poor horses!
    Wellington is gorgeous!


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    da tabbies o trout towne

    January 18, 2017 at 4:43 am

    guys….thanx for sharin de cable car ride !!!!! YAY !!!!! we had lotz oh fun…& high paws two mizturr Hallidie for thinkin bout all thoz poneez ~~~~ insert heartz XXX


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    January 18, 2017 at 4:41 am

    That is so cool that you got to ride the famous San Francisco cable cars!


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