We're Mobile, We're National & We're MonumentsRiddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.
In a barn in a city,
where a singer left something
there you will find us.
None of us are named Desire,
and we're always being pulled about.
And if you want to ride us
on some lines you got to get out and push us.
But, we're still the United States' only mobile National Monuments.
What are we?
HintIn New Orleans, a close kin runs on Desire Street.
AnswerThe San Francisco Cable Cars. The Cable Car Barn & Powerhouse in San Francisco is where every cable car, unique in that they are the only street railway in which the cars do not operate under their own power, is pulled along its hilly track by an underground cable. The cable is gripped with a vise-like mechanism that is operated via the grip lever in the front of the car.
Cars on the Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason lines must be rotated to reverse direction at each end of the line, an operation performed on turntables and at stops where the passengers help push the cars about. The cable car lines are named for the streets along which they run. In 1964 an official ceremony at Hyde and Beach designated San Francisco's cable car system, the nation's only "moving" National Historic Landmark. The singer, Tony Bennett's song: 'I left my heart in San Francisco'.
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