AS11-Tram outside "Woolworths" 2690 Mission St. San Francisco. California. USA (circa 1960)

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Comments (5)

Matthew Walters on August 17, 2007

A great photo of some old fashions. This looks like Woolworths, which according to a few searches I did may have been at 2690 Mission Street. It also comes under Market St.

roskruge on August 18, 2007

Thanks for help, much appreciated. It must be the start and end of the line as the driver and a passenger seem to be turning the tram around for another trip.

LeeMost on February 18, 2010

In San Francisco we distinguish between this "Cable Car" (a rail vehicle with no motor pulled by gripping a cable constantly running under street) and a "streetcar" (a rail vehicle with electric motors powered via a trolley pole sliding against an overhead wire.) This Cable Car Turnaround at Powell & Market is still there, but customers are not allowed to help push it around. The Woolworths was replaced by a Virgin superstore that just went out of business.

AlexisGonzales on May 7, 2011

Hello Good People! Some clarifications about "the Turnaround" - that's what this location was (and still is!) called by the locals. Matthew, your photo was taken at the foot of Powell Street where it meets Market Street - these are San Francisco's two major downtown arterials. Before the closures of the Woolworth's chain, there was a store at 2690-Mission (corner of 23rd Street & Mission) but this is not it. Roskruge, you are correct - the turnaround is the terminus of both the Mason and Powell Cable Car lines. Lee, the Woolworth's store was replaced by The Gap, which is still in business. The Virgin store that closed was in the next block at the corner of Stockton and Market and unfortunately still remains vacant today.

OttoL62 on November 30, 2011

Wow, it's a great foto!

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