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The Key System: San Francisco and the Eastshore Empire (CA) (Images of Rail), Walter Rice; Emiliano Echeverria
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Author Name:    Walter Rice; Emiliano Echeverria

Title:   The Key System: San Francisco and the Eastshore Empire (CA) (Images of Rail)

Binding:   PAPERBACK

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Arcadia Publishing 

ISBN Number:   0738547220 / 9780738547220

Seller ID:   ING9780738547220

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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.



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