Trove of Historical Photos Show Streetcars in Bernal Heights

Cortland Avenue at Bennington Street, 1940. Red Hill Books is now on the corner at 401 Cortland. Discount Club is now where the "Drugs" sign is at 439.

Cortland Avenue at Andover Street, 1941. The 9 Valencia line car heading west. The woman waiting to board the car is in front of what is now Head to Toes Beauty (451 Cortland ), Skip's Tavern (453 Cortland Ave.), and Bernal Yoga (461 Cortland Ave.)

Mission near 29th Street, 1948. Behind the car is the Lyceum Theater (1907-1964), now the site of the Safeway parking lot

Last week’s talk at the Bernal Public Library about the history of streetcar service along Cortland Avenuewas really excellent. Interesting, informative, and a vivid reminder of how the texture of the neighborhood is so heavily shaped by its infrastructure.

Plus, as an added bonus, historian and presenter Jack Tillmany gave everyone who attended his talk a nifty souvenir: MUNI streetcar transfers from 1946 that were marked for use along the former 9-Cortland line:

Cool! Happily, if you couldn’t make it to the talk, our neighbors at the ever-awesome Bernal History Project have compiled a fabulous greatest-hits collection of photographs that show streetcars in service along the streets of Bernal Heights.

Hop on board and take that website for a ride.

HISTORIC PHOTOS AND CAPTION TEXT: Bernal History Project. Transfer photo: Telstar Logistics

4 thoughts on “Trove of Historical Photos Show Streetcars in Bernal Heights

  1. It’s heart-breaking that our tram system was so gutted in the mid-20th c. Sigh.

  2. It’s kinda sad to see such small photos posted… Is someone protecting their intellectual property? Cuz these pictures, as posted, are too small for good detail

  3. I lived on the North side of Bernal Hights from 1947 till 1979 —Had a lot of friends on the Cortland side– Moved from S F while Skips was still the Cherokee—

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