Damage from the 1906 earthquake on Union Street, San Francisco. Twisted cable car tracks between Steiner and Pierce Streets.
Lotta's Fountain was a gift to the city of San Francisco in 1875 by Lotta Crabtree, wealthy actress and entertainer. It survived the earthquake and fire in 1906 and on a crystal clear Christmas Eve in 1910, at the corner of Market and Kearny, famous Italian opera singer Luisa Tetrazzini climbed a stage platform in a sparkling white gown, surrounded by a throng of an estimated two to three-hundred thousand San Franciscans, and serenaded the city she loved.
Original 1906 postcard showing ruins of 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. The Mechanics Monument (Donahue Labor Statue) still stands today. I was ticked to find graffiti on the statue and the homeless sleeping around it.
Olema is a small town in West Marin County, North of San Francisco. It straddles the San Andreas fault line. The West side sits on the Pacific tectonic plate and the East side the North American plate. In 1906 the San Andreas fault ruptured North and South a distance of 296 miles creating dramatic earth movement in Olema. The Skinner Ranch red barn still stands today along with a section of fence which was displaced 18 feet by the great quake. The fault line passes under the Southeast corner of the barn. When the fault snapped in 1906 the barn and it's foundation shifted Northwest 15 feet dragging the Southeast corner with it.
The mansion of railroad baron A.E.Towne stood on Nob Hill in San Francisco from the late 1800's until it was destroyed by the earthquake and fire of 1906. The only thing left standing was it's white marble portico and brick facade. The portico still stands today in Golden Gate Park as a symbol of the perserverence of San Francisco.
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