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    75th Anniversary of Saving the Cable Cars

    “Empowering Women Who Empowered San Francisco” was the theme of the 75th Anniversary of Saving the Cable Cars held on Wednesday, October 26, at the Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround. Along with emcee Marisa Rodrigues of the Union Square Alliance, SFMTA’s Gwyneth Borden, and SFCTA’s Tilly Chang, Mayor London Breed spoke about the role of pioneering civic activist Friedel Klussmann. Klussmann is credit,e with “saving the cable cars” through a grassroots campaign in 1947 she led in opposition to the proposed closure of San Francisco’s cable car system.

    In conjunction with the celebration, the city’s newest cable car—painted to match the 1947 fleet that was originally scheduled to replace the cable cars—was launched. Members of Neely’s Rhythm Aces band performed.

    Following the ceremony at Powell & Market, Mayor Breed led participants in a ride to Aquatic Park where the turnaround was renamed the Friedel Klussmann Memorial Turnaround.

    Photos by Rink
    Published on November 3, 2022