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Telegraph Hill

Telegraph Hill
We’re halfway up the slopes of Telegraph Hill with Coit Tower there on the top, and it looks like it's quite a trek up. But it's actually one of the smaller hills of the city. It's just 295 feet, but still quite a gradient. Telegraph Hill got its name back in the mid-1800s when there was a mechanical signaling device that was installed right on top of the hill there. And that would notify people in the city down below when ships sailed into the bay. Depending on the position of the mechanical arms of that signal, people could even understand what sort of vessel it was. In 1855 the system was upgraded with California's first electric telegraph line that ran for eight miles from right out on the coast side of San Francisco right up to the top of Telegraph Hill. So then they could notify people in the city down below not just about ships that were arriving in the bay, but vessels that were still far out at sea. Almost to the top.
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