Shot just over a month after the great 1906 earthquake decimated much of San Francisco, this film shows Berkeley at the beginning of a boom that would continue until roughly 1920. It begins on the northbound #3 Oxford St. trolley near Berkeley Way. The camera person changes cars at Hearst St. and boards an eastbound #4 trolley up Hearst. An incident that may or may not have been staged ensues near the intersection of Hearst and Scenic. After resuming its eastern trajectory, the car turns north on Euclid en route to its terminus at Hilgard.
The Key System, which would later be joined by an electrified Southern Pacific fleet of streetcars, was one of the many attractions that Berkeley offered those seeking respite from the destruction on the other side of the bay.
A full turn-by-turn description of the streetcar’s journey and more information about the film can be found here.