Key System: San Francisco and the East Shore Empire (Images of Rail Series)
  • Key System: San Francisco and the East Shore Empire (Images of Rail Series)
  • Key System: San Francisco and the East Shore Empire (Images of Rail Series)

Key System: San Francisco and the East Shore Empire (Images of Rail Series)

by Walter Rice, Emiliano Echeverria
     
 


It is difficult now to imagine San Francisco Bay without bridges, but not too long ago, a complex system of ferries and trains helped span the waters in an elegant way. The Key System was a huge portion of this network; it was part of businessman "Borax" Smith's method to attract San Francisco workers to live in the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, and Piedmont, where… See more details below

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It is difficult now to imagine San Francisco Bay without bridges, but not too long ago, a complex system of ferries and trains helped span the waters in an elegant way. The Key System was a huge portion of this network; it was part of businessman "Borax" Smith's method to attract San Francisco workers to live in the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, and Piedmont, where he dealt in real estate. The Southern Pacific Railroad was the Key System's fierce competitor, then later an ally, before it was vanquished. Thousands of commuters rode the system for years, until a ridership decline eventually doomed the Key when bridges finally crisscrossed the bay.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738547220
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
04/25/2007
Series:
Images of Rail Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,381,018
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)

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