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17 Haight and Ingleside Streetcar Line

17 Car 121 turning southbound on the 19th Avenue from Wawona on December 26, 1937. Note the 19th Avenue widening project in this Ted Wurm photo. -

Service Begun: February 17, 1916

Route: From Ferries to 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard via Market, Haight, Stanyan, Frederick, Lincoln Way, 20th Avenue, Wawona and 19th Avenue.

Rail service end: December 22, 1945

A Market Street Railway line, the 17 Haight and Ingleside used the tracks of the 7 Haight and Ocean line to get to Lincoln and 20th Avenue; from there the tracks of the defunct Parkside Transit Company's line took passengers south on 20th and 19th Avenues. On Sundays and holidays the 17 continued down Sloat Boulevard on the 12 Mission and Ingleside tracks to Fleishhacker Pool, the Zoo and Ocean Beach.

Starting on December 27, 1937 the 17 line terminated at 19th Avenue and Wawona because of the State Highway widening project. (Yes, 19th Avenue wasn't always 6 lanes across!)

- Jack Tillmany Collection

We wondered why it was called the "Haight and Ingleside" since it didn't get to the Ingleside. Walter Rice kindly provided an answer:

"The 17-Haight & Ingleside was originally Ellis & Ingleside. After February 17, 1916, the route [extended to] 19th Avenue, Sloat, Junipero Serra, Ocean Avenue to Miramar Avenue hence the 'Ingleside.' Sometime after the K-line began service to the Ingleside, the 17 was cut back to 19th Avenue and Sloat, except on Sundays when the line continued down Sloat to the Zoo. The Zoo extension was discontinued December 29, 1937 because of the widening of 19th Avenue and the terminal was now 19th & Wawona. Prior to the Taraval trackage (west of 20th Avenue) being sold to the Muni for the L-line, on Sundays the 17-cars used the Taraval trackage to go to the Zoo. Parkside Shuttles on Sundays instead running from 20th Avenue & Taraval to the Zoo ran to Ocean & Miramar. With the advent of the L-line, Parkside Shuttles were discontinued. Sometimes the 17 was called "Haight & Parkside" thereafter, but usually as "Haight & Ingleside" even though it did not run to the Ingleside and after 1937 could not!"

Sources: Walter Rice; Jack Tillmany; John Coll; The White Front Cars of San Francisco, Charles A. Smallwood, Interurbans Press, 1971.

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