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Portland Aerial Tram hyperlapse. (Sorry about the reflection.)

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Excerpts from SKY TRAM history…

“The first aerial tram, used to move soil to build defenses, was built in 1644. Other mining systems were developed in the 1860s by Hodgson, and Andrew Smith Hallidie. Hallidie went on to perfect a line of mining and people tramways after 1867 in California and Nevada.”

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“In the beginning of the 20th century the rise of the middle class and the leisure industry allowed for investment in sight seeing machines. One of the first trams was at Chamonix, while others in Switzerland and Garmisch soon followed. After the Second World War installations proliferated in Europe, America, Japan, Canada and South Africa. Many hundreds of installations have emerged in mountainous and seascape areas.”

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“While typically used for ski resorts, aerial tramways have been ported over for usage in the urban environment in recent times. The Roosevelt Island Tramway in New York City and the Portland Aerial Tram are examples where this technology has been successfully adapted for public transport purposes." - wikiquotes, aerial tramway

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