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Three Years after the 1906 Quake

April 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Three Years after the 1906 Quake

Although the amount of insurance could never completely cover all property and personal losses in a disaster of such first magnitude as that of 1906 in San Francisco, it did provide instant means, when, as happened in some cases, it was promptly collected and put to use.

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1906: The First Phase of Reconstruction

April 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
1906: The First Phase of Reconstruction

The ruins of San Francisco had hardly cooled before the first phase of reconstruction, necessarily a negative one, began: this consisted in the removal of debris, ruined stone walls, and masses of twisted steel.

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1906: The Rebuild of a Great City

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
1906: The Rebuild of a Great City

Since relief measures are meant to be but temporary, the real test of San Francisco was to come with the emergence of the multiplicity of problems that were the city’s, when reconstruction was discussed.

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The Aftermath of the 1906 Quake in San Francisco

April 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Aftermath of the 1906 Quake in San Francisco

As might have been expected, there were several examples of thieves at work while the city was in its hours of crisis.

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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 – Part 4

April 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire – 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 – Part 3

April 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire – 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 – Part 2

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

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

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San Francisco 1906: Earthquake and Fire – Part 1

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

High on the wall of the rotunda of San Francisco’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 First Transcontinental Train arriving in San Francisco

December 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
The First Transcontinental Train arriving in San Francisco

San Francisco did not sleep through the 1860s. With the discovery of vast silver deposits on what became known as the Comstock Lode in the Virginia City, Nevada, area, the city became the beneficiary of a bonanza.

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