Billed at the time as the longest municipal tunnel in the world, The Twin Peaks Tunnel was built to promote and develop the western portions of San Francisco.
"[...] Twin Peaks Tunnel was shot by the Pathescope film company for a local real estate firm. It documents construction of what was then claimed to be the longest municipal tunnel in the world. The film includes footage of the construction of the tunnel and the clearing of Sutro Forest, as well as development of the West Portal, St. Francis Wood, and Westwood Park neighborhoods. City officials, engineers, workers and ordinary citizens are also seen in the film. According to historian David Kiehn, the film was produced for the Baldwin and Howell Real Estate Company, located on Kearny Street in San Francisco. Newspaper advertisements also indicate that the film was first shown on October 13, 1917 - most likely in a San Francisco storefront. It was popular enough to be continuously screened for weeks thereafter."
The film popped up over a year ago, but we thought you'd enjoy it on this quiet Friday.
H/T: SFist reader Rogelio