IImmigrants to America from Eastern Europe, around the turn of the 20th Century. Reenacted scene as a woman dances. Immigrants crowded into a hall. Arriving immigrants pose for camera. Actual footage from the first few years of the 1900s (approximately 1905 or 1906) of a street car traveling along a track on Market Street in San Francisco, California, with early automobile cars and another street car crossing in front of it. The San Francisco Ferry Building clock tower on the Embarcadero is seen in the distance. Recreation scenes of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Actual footage of the aftermath of the earthquake, with San Francisco residents walking on a streets in front of a destroyed building. Partial signs are seen on the corner of the building that read "...Standard Paint" and "The Lowe...." Next scene shows views of buildings and fountains at the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.
Telephone line construction between New York and San Francisco in the United States. A picture of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell talking into a telephone while opening the New York-Chicago telephone line on October 18, 1892. Several men standing beside Dr. Bell. A donkey with a saddle on it. A man loading the donkey with devices. The man leading the donkey which is carrying the devices to be fitted on a telephone post in a hilly area. Several men erecting telephone posts while laying lines joining New York and San Francisco to the Bell System in 1915. View of a bear climbing down a telephone post. A picture of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell attending the opening of the transcontinental telephone line in New York on January 25, 1915. Several AT&T executives sitting on both sides of Dr. Bell. Dr. Bell repeated the historic first sentence transmitted on March 10, 1876, "Mr. Watson, come here; I want you", on the telephone to Mr. Watson in San Francisco. A picture showing Thomas A. Watson, Dr. Bell's assistant in 1876, at the opening of the transcontinental telephone line. Mr. Watson replied to Dr. Bell, "It would take me a week this time, Dr. Bell".
The Sunset Limited passenger train enroute from New Orleans to San Francisco, in 1915. The railroad train running on the tracks.
Promotional documentary titled 'By The Way of Panama - California The Golden'. Describes views of California to be seen on a cruise from New York, via Panama. The sea shores of California with rocks and sand. A passenger ship sailing in the harbor of San Diego. Views of the San Diego Harbor. The ship, called the "Pennsylvania" reaches harbor of Los Angeles. The buildings and streets of the city of Los Angeles. A Hollywood film studio with shooting underway. Luxury homes of LA. The ship moves on to San Francisco. The harbor of San Francisco including Alcatraz Island in background. Views of the surroundings from a high ridge in San Francisco.
U.S. Army trucks of the 1919 motor transport convoy drive past a moving trolley car on a street in Oakland, California. Spectators gather along side of street at ferry slip to watch as convoy trucks board a ferry boat for trip to San Francisco. Several men watch from upper deck of the ferry. A boy with a bicycle watches from beside a fence. View from upper deck of the ferry boat, of trucks driving aboard. A line of civilian cars sits to the side as the army vehicles drive aboard. View from the ferry boat underway in San Francisco harbor. Next, the convoy is seen driving along street in San Francisco, on September 7, 1919. The Mayor of San Francisco, James Rolph Jr., conversing with officers of the convoy, as they stand on a flag wrapped stand during a formal greeting ceremony. More views of convoy trucks in the city and lined up on hill overlooking San Francisco Bay.
Brief shots of Grand Canyon, speed boats, Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center, Sea World killer whale, rodeo cowboy, woman skiing, snow capped mountains, and Disney castle. Map of North America highlights California and Nevada. Postcard pictures of people and places in California and Nevada. Los Angeles skyline. Neon sign "Coors California." Car hop drive in diner with classic muscle cars and motorcycles. Shot looking upward from moving vehicle of palm trees lining street. The famous Hollywood sign. Several stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Universal Studios park shows tourists with Jaws mechanical shark and moving shooting demonstrations. Rolls Royce on Rodeo Drive and shopping with storefronts of Cartier, Elizabeth Arden, Gucci. Aerial view of Santa Monica pier. Man surfing in waves and woman in bikini playing volleyball. Controls of boom box radio and young man break dance performer shows a breakdance routine. Roller skaters performing stunts and dancing on roller skates. Hotdog vendor. Tall swings with two performers. Golden Gate Bridge, Painted Ladies homes, TransAmerica Building in San Francisco. Street Car or Cable car operating shows conductor and controls at work. San Francisco street scenes with pedestrians and automobiles. San Francisco pier. Slicing sour dough bread and steaming dungeness crabs. Yosemite National Park with people boarding shuttle bus and watching waterfall. Hoover Dam and Lake Meade. Boats on Lake Meade. Las Vegas sites including Flamingo, Stardust, and Dunes casinos. People gambling at the Las Vegas Club. Neon lights of casinos. Slot machines and table games like craps and blackjack. A Las Vegas nightclub show with dancers. Woman relaxing on a raft in a pool at a hotel.