SAN FRANCISCO GIVES WORLD
Innovations Range from Cable
Cars to Airplane Flights
and Development of Ocean Travel
San Francisco has given
the country and the world many innovations in the century of its commercial
Among the famous firsts here
1848First Chinese immigrants
to the United States landed here.
1849First regular passenger
service around Cape Horn established between here and New York.
1862First security exchange
to specialize in mining securities.
1866First commercial dynamite
manufactured here, on site of Portals of the Past in Golden Gate Park.
1870First transcontinental trip
made by any organization as a whole came here. It was the Boston Board
cable car in the world went into service here.
1874First street cars run by
electricity generated in a power plant started operating.
1880First electrically lighted
steamboat sailed from this portthe old Columbia, plying between here
1894First telephone exchange
for exclusive use of
1903First transpacific cable
message sent from here.
1909First in-a-door apartment
beds manufactured here.
1910First municipally owned
and operated street car service commenced.
1915First demonstration of transcontinental
telephone service from New York to San Francisco by Alexander Graham Bell.
1920First cross-country air
mail service inaugurated here.
1924First round-the-world steamship
service inaugurated by Dollar Steamship Lines.
1929First night coach-sleeping
car bus starts over highways from here.
municipally owned opera house in the United States opened.
The city and its nearby neighbors
have, moreover, been the starting points of several epoch-making airplane
flights, including the first mainland-to-Hawaii flight in 1927, the United
States-to-Australia flight of Capt. Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith in the
The bay region will soon have
the distinction of inaugurating the first
transpacific air service of Pan-American Airways.
The San Francisco Examiner
October 15, 1935
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