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Anika is a German journalist, digital strategist and local expert on San Francisco, interested in all past and present history of the city.

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The Rebuild of San Francisco in 1906

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Rebuild of San Francisco in 1906

It should be noted how fortunate San Francisco was in the person of its mayor, Eugene Schmitz, in its days of utmost crisis.

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San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire โ€“ Part 4

April 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire โ€“ Part 4

Friday and Saturday were to bring some overdue respite from the two previous days; after continuing to burn during most of the day, the north fire died on Saturday morning when it simply ran out of combustible materials after being pretty well contained on the east side of Van Ness Avenue.

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San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire โ€“ Part 3

April 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire โ€“ Part 3

The first and most massive shock caused some small fires, and this same shock wrecked the electrical system controlling fire alarms because the Central Fire Alarm System, which was located on Brenham Place, directly behind Portsmouth Plaza, was among the first to go out of commission since the dry cell units, which were in jars […]

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San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire โ€“ Part 2

April 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire โ€“ Part 2

After these preliminary words to sketch some of the previousย history involved, we now turn to what is sometimes thought of as the “villain of the pieceโ€ in San Francisco’s past the well-advertised San Andreas Fault.

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San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire โ€“ Part 1

April 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire โ€“ Part 1

High on the wall of the rotunda of San Franciscoโ€™s City Hall are inscribed the words which are among the finest of the literary legacies that Mayor Edward R. Taylor (who served from 1908 to 1910) bequeathed to his city.

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The Age of the Cable Car – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 7

June 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Age of the Cable Car – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 7

With this significant beginning of the Cable Cars on Saturday, August 2, 11873, in San Francisco, the United States entered upon the age of the Cable Car.

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The First Ride On The Rope – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 6

June 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
The First Ride On The Rope – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 6

The details surrounded the first operation of the Clay Street Hill Railroad Company have been told many times; surprisingly, though, except in one or two accounts, the date of this first operation has been incorrectly stated.

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Hallidie and the Cable-Cars of San Francisco – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 5

June 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Hallidie and the Cable-Cars of San Francisco –  The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 5

The next decade, the 1860โ€™s, found Hallidie and his business associates busily designing and construction wire rope suspension bridges; among the profitable inventions that came from a well-trained and ingenious mind was that called the โ€œHallidie Ropewayโ€ which became one of the several types of aerial tramways used by mine operators in California and throughout […]

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Advent of the Cable-Car System in San Francisco โ€“ Andrew Smith Hallidie – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 4

June 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Advent of the Cable-Car System in San Francisco โ€“ Andrew Smith Hallidie – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 4

The advent of the cable-car system in San Francisco will always revolve around the name of Andrew Smith Hallidie who contributed significantly to its birth and development, although he should not be regarded as the only one who did so.

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From Horse Cars to Cable Cars in San Francisco – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 3

June 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
From Horse Cars to Cable Cars in San Francisco – The Story of the Cable Cars โ€“ Part 3

The rectangular street pattern which had been devised for the cityโ€™s downtown streets by Jasper Oโ€™Farrell and others had imposed some steep grades which were not easily negotiated by horse cars, although some attempts were made in this direction.

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