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Exclusive Narrated 1906 Trip Down Market Street

Just days before Earthquake and Fire destroyed much of the West’s greatest city, pioneer filmmakers the Miles Brothers bolted a hand-cranked camera to the front of a cable car and rolled down San Francisco’s Market Street, unknowingly filming the end of an era. We believe we offer the most entertaining, informative version of that famous film available.

The story of this miraculous 1906 film has been told on “60 Minutes.” One of the experts Morley Safer interviewed is Market Street Railway President Rick Laubscher, a fourth generation San Franciscan and local historian. Rick applied all his expertise to create this fully narrated version of the fabled 1906 “Trip Down Market Street, using the best available restoration of this historic film by the Prelinger Archives, which reveals myriad visual details unseen until now. Our narrated version provides the social, political, and transportation context for everything you see in this remarkable 12 minute trip from Eighth Street to the Ferry Building, with each intersection identified, and landmarks called out. You’ll fine this level of detail and insight nowhere else that we know of, and it’s exclusively available from us here online, or at our San Francisco Railway Museum, where you can also watch the film on our audio-visual display. Here’s a preview of the DVD that we put on YouTube.

All labor to create and duplicate this rare film has been donated, so that all proceeds can go to support the San Francisco Railway Museum, a project of Market Street Railway.

Region 1 encoding, playable in North America.

Trip Down Market Street