“Under the bridge, downtown”

I know, I swiped the title for this post from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but it just seems to fit these old pictures from under, or near under, the gone but not forgiven Embarcadero Freeway. (Thumbnail images)

Mission Street and the Embarcadero, looking toward Market Street One and Two, the Southern Pacific Building, and the Embarcadero Center: (Dave Gardner Photography)

 

The Muni 32 rolling past the Ferry Building in a SFMTA picture: I don’t think the 32 still runs.

 

Just about here at Maritime Plaza was where Clay Street used to come into the Embarcadero. At this point the Embarcadero Freeway branched off, past over Clay Street and came down at Washington Street. (Reddit)

 

The Embarcadero Freeway ended here at Broadway. It was originally planned to reach all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Can you imagine how awful that would have been? (Flickr)

 

Hmm, a little contraption pulling a larger contraption; looking northeast toward where the walking and fishing Pier 7 is from the first of these next few Market Street Railway pictures posted on the internet.

 

Let’s follow along as they move south down the Embarcadero.

 

They’re at the Ferry Building now. Hey, it’s a Dinky, I thinky. Sorry! Dinkies were a sort of combination cable car and streetcar that ran for awhile along Market Street before and after the 1906 Earthquake.

One thought on ““Under the bridge, downtown”

  • The cars are cool. The third picture shows a Dart of Valiant sedan that is no more than a few years from my Dart coup. There is also a nice Chevelle and either a Skylark or Cutlass.

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