Took a little ride on the Portland Aerial Tram! The weather was beautiful so it was a nice clear view across town. The lower terminal is located in the South Waterfront district and the upper is in the OHSU hospital. I am definitely going to have to go back sometime to catch the sunset and city lights at night!
“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.”
“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.”