History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

18 April, 2012

San Francisco Earthquake

Today, in 1906, a massive earthquake devastated San Francisco. These photographs are a vivid view of the incredible and frightening destruction. 

From the collections of the Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries.

Van Ness Avenue at Vallejo St. Source

O'Farrell St. from Stockton. Source

The Corner of 7th and Natoma. Source

A house on Steiner Street. Source

City Hall. Source

Another shot of City Hall. Source

City Hall from Mission St. Source

9th St. and Brannan. Source

Cattle killed on Mission St. Source

Beth Israel. Source

Butchertown. Source

Butchertown. Source

Howard Corner at Speer St. Source

First St. from Mission. Source

Dupont St., Chinatown. Source

From Pine and Stockton. Source

The foot of 9th St. Source

Observatory, Golden Gate Park. Source

Observatory. Source

The west side of City Hall. Source

Orpheum Theatre. Source

Valencia St. Source

Valencia St. between 18th and 19th. Source

The Palace Hotel. Source

The San Francisco Stock Exchange. Source

Nob Hill looking east. Source

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