Newspaper clippings collected by the Key System from September 1941 to July 1960 covering San Francisco Bay Area transportation,
labor union, and urban planning issues, and Key System matters. Clippings are from various Bay Area newspapers including the
Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, the Argonaut, Richmond Independent, and others.
In 1902, after having consolidated East Bay streetcar lines for almost a decade, Francis Marion "Borax" Smith formed the San
Francisco, Oakland & San Jose Railway. This company provided ferry service from San Francisco to a ferry pier in Berkeley,
then to points in the East Bay cities of Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda via electric trains. The Berkeley ferry terminal
was at the end of a three-mile long wooden trestle extending into the San Francisco Bay. The corporate emblem was in the
shape of a key formed by the terminal, trestle, and the three East Bay cities, hence the system was called the "Key Route".
The first train began running on October 26, 1903. Smith continued to create additional streetcar routes chiefly dictated
by his real estate holdings in the East Bay.
Number of containers: 30
Linear feet: 15
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Collection is open for research.