Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn August 2, 1873, entrepreneurs in San Francisco, California, opened the first of the city’s iconic cable cars. Today, San Francisco’s cable cars are the United States’ only moving National Historic Landmark.Cable cars are pulled along by thick, tightly wound steel cables that snake beneath San Francisco’s hilly streets. A skilled “gripman” operates the device (grip) that moves the cars along by maneuvering the grip among various cables, tracks, and coasting areas.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry cable Noun
strong set of cords or wire ropes.
cable car Noun
rail car pulled by a constantly moving underground system of cables.
tool or piece of machinery.
person who starts and manages a business.
event or symbol representing a belief, nation, or community.
a skillful movement.
metro noun, adjective
subway or train used for public transportation.
National Historic Landmark Noun
place recognized by the U.S. government as having "exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States."
to control or manage.
total number of people or organisms in a particular area.
metal made of the elements iron and carbon.
person who travels for pleasure.
movement of people or goods from one place to another.