I’m not much of a photographer. In fact, my only camera is not even a camera. It’s a phone. An iPhone. And because I’m not much of a photographer, I have never previously participated in WordPress’ weekly Photo Challenge. However, I saw that this week’s challenge was to “show the effect of time and the elements.”
I was walking my dog around Golden Gate Park today and I snapped this picture:
I pass by this building almost every day and I was curious about it, so I did some research. I found out that it was, at one time, a station for what was known as the Powell Street Railway Company. But there is no railway or even any train or cable car tracks anywhere near this structure. At least not anymore.
The Powell Street Railway Company operated a steam train that used to run all the way to the Pacific shore at the Cliff House from Powell Street in the heart of San Francisco. The train, and San Francisco’s historic cable cars, were originally built by the Ferries & Cliff House Railway Company, which started construction in 1887 after winning several franchises for cable car operation and for the aforementioned steam train.
In doing my research I came across this old photograph from 1955 showing the train entering Golden Gate Park.
Anyway, I decided to post this to the WordPress photo challenge this week, thinking my picture might be an example of something showing “the effect of time and the elements.”