Monday, August 25, 2014

Muir Woods National Monument and Medocino California

A short drive from San Francisco is the Muir Woods National Monument protected grove ancient Coastal Red Wood Trees. Some as old a 1,000 years rising over 300 feet with circumferences of 20 feet.
 












Friday, August 8, 2014

The Oakland Preservation Park

Occupying two blocks in the heart of downtown Oakland, Preservation Park is a Victorian neighborhood, a unique collection of historic residences transformed into the City’s most innovative workplace and event center. All but five of the structures on the two-block site were demolished. The construction of a new freeway adjacent to Preservation Park also threatened to destroy a significant percentage of the neighborhood’s historic Victorian homes. To preserve these historic assets, the City of Oakland created a public/private partnership to relocate the endangered buildings and to renovate the regrouped 16 residential structures for a new life as a business neighborhood.
 
 














Saturday, August 2, 2014

San Francisco's Little Italy to The Embarcadero and Pier 39

It seems most, if not all of San Francisco's historic buildings are in Little Italy or Chinatown, and like New York they are next door to each other. The Cable Car along California street is probably one of the steepest routes. At the top of the last 2 photos you'll see the hill up towards the Financial area from the Bart Embarcadero.

A walk from Jack Kerouac Alley along Columbus Avenue in Little Italy to Pier 39.


Jack Kerouac Alley named after the writer 

He lived above the book store.

Sidewalk Cafes on Columbus Avenue 


Saint Paul and saint Peter's Church 




Pier 39's best attraction. The best Sumo wrestling matches outside of Japan   

The crowd appreciates the action

Antique electric trolley


The California Line Cable Cars. It's one of the steepest streets.



Thursday, July 31, 2014

San Francisco Antique Cable Car Museum

Amazing engineering that still works even after several earth quakes. The inventors of those days intended things to last for a long time. Something General Motors, Ford and Chrysler don't understand.
 

Wooden forms for casting replacement parts
 
 


Original Museum sign


Maintenance shop

Gift shop

An earlier Cable Car


Metal Lathe

A young admirer of the motor cable works

Wooden brake shoes

Powell Street Car


The grip grabs the moving cable and pulls the cars along the tracks