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Tuesday, September 24, 2019: "Visiting the Folks: Taking Cable Cars to the Cemeteries"

Speakers: Don Holmgren and Mike Phipps

Meeting location: Newman Hall, Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California (at Webster)


Sutter Street Rail Road cars at Laurel Hill Cemetery. (Photo courtesy Cable Car Museum)


During the late 19th century and even into the 20th, San Franciscans regularly visited their deceased relatives and friends, particularly on a Sunday afternoon. Most of them traveled there for a nickel by way of several cable car lines. 

Don Holmgren and Mike Phipps, directors of the San Francisco Cable Car Museum, will use vintage photographs and maps to illustrate an historical account of this time in gaslit San Francisco, before the 1906 quake and fire destroyed cable car lines and modernization forced the cemeteries to give way to housing and commercial development.

Holmgren and Phipps are authors of Watermusic in the Track, a history of San Francisco’s cable cars. 


Doors open at 7 p.m. with refreshments and a historical book sale; presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 admission for nonmembers. Paid parking at CPMC on Webster, one block away, plus a limited amount of street parking. Muni: 1, 2, 3, 10, 22, 24. 


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