Historical Photos

Historical Photo – Lands End Landmark

This glass negative shows a slice of life at the Lands End Station near Mile Rock in 1906. People waiting for a United Railroads streetcar along this electrified Cliff Line could take in the view from benches along its perimeter, or escape the unpredictable weather and grab a snack from the waiting room inside. The concession was run by Charles Harris, a.k.a. the Mayor of Lands End, who ran the tiny restaurant even after the line closed, serving hikers and motorists passing by on nearby El Camino Del Mar. It was there until 1937, when Harris demolished the building – a victim of crumbling cliffs and termite damage. Photo courtesy of a private collector/Western Neighborhoods Project/OpenSFHistory.

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