The land know as San Francisco was dated all the way back to 300 b.c. Upon independence from 1821 the area became a part of mexico. John D. Sloat claimed California for the U.S.A on July 7 1846, during the Mexican American war. 2 days after John D. claimed California John B. Montgomery arrived to claim Buena 2 days later. Then Buena was changed to San Francisco the next year on January 30. At 5;12 am on April 18, 1906 a major Earthquake struck the northern parts of California. After the quake fire broke out and water mains broke so the they had to make fire brakes using dynamite in blocks of the buildings. the downtown was in ruins afterward. It killed 498 people. 400,000 people were left homeless.
The cars were repaired and serviced in 1980. Then were put back into commission. Now you can enjoy a ride on a cable car!