The Market Street Railway Mural

A beautiful new mural has gone up at the corner of Church & 15th Streets in San Francisco, depicting the history of urban transit along Market Street, in incredible detail, from the turn of the 20th century to the present day, and beyond.

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The mural, named The Market Street Railway Mural by its creator, award-winning artist Mona Caron, and dedicated in part to the memory of the late Dave Pharr, was unveiled on June 12, 2004. It consists of three major sections, traveling the length of Market Street from east to west, and from yesterday to tomorrow. Starting at the Ferry Building, the Roar of the Four (including our own car No. 798) heads up Market through several significant moments, both architecturally and socially, to emerge into the final section, a future Market Street envisioned by the artist, with a futuristic mode of public transportation.

The artist behind this wonderful display of public art is Mona Caron, a Swiss-born illustrator and muralist who teaches at the San Francisco Academy of Art, and is the artist responsible for the grand mural along the Duboce Bikeway, adjacent to Market Street Railway’s “Pharr Division” restoration yard at Duboce & Market.

Aside from what the mural’s title might imply, Market Street Railway did not commission this project, but we love it, and have financed a portion of it. See it for yourself at Church & 15th (just off Market), and let us know what you think about it in the comments below.