The film is from a streetcar traveling down Market Street in San
days before the big earthquake/fire that destroyed the area. You
can clearly see the clock tower at the end of the street at the
Embarcadero wharf that's still there... The quality & detail is
great, so be sure to view it full screen.
The film, was originally thought to be from 1905 until David Kiehn
with the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum figured out exactly when
it was shot. From New York trade papers announcing the film
showing to the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall & shadows
indicating time of year & actual weather and conditions on
historical record, even when the cars were registered (he even
knows who owned them and when the plates were issued!).
It was filmed only four days before the quake and shipped by train
to NY for
processing. Amazing but true!