San Francisco QuakeThen and Now

San Francisco Earthquake
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San Francisco's steep hills gave rise to a unique form of public transportationcable cars pulled by an underground system of heavy wires (pictured at bottom in 2003).

After the 1906 earthquake destroyed the city's infrastructure (top photo), many cable cars were replaced with streetcars powered by overhead electric wires.
—Top photograph courtesy Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; bottom photograph © 2005 Mark Klett, with Michael Lundgren
 
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