June 7, 2018

70 Incredible Found Photos That Capture Street Scenes of San Francisco After the 1906 Earthquake

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18 with an estimated moment magnitude of 7.9 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme). High intensity shaking was felt from Eureka on the North Coast to the Salinas Valley, an agricultural region to the south of the San Francisco Bay Area. Devastating fires soon broke out in the city and lasted for several days.

Thousands of homes were dismantled. As a result, up to 3,000 people died and over 80% of the city of San Francisco was destroyed. The events are remembered as one of the worst and deadliest earthquakes in the history of the United States. The death toll remains the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California's history and high in the lists of American disasters.

These incredible photos of the San Francisco 1906 Earthquake and Fire came to the San Francisco Public Library in 1975. The photos were discovered in the San Francisco Police Department Photo Lab in the Hall of Justice. The photographer is not known. It is believed that the the San Francisco Police Department photo laboratory was used as an emergency center for photographers immediately after the 1906 catastrophe.

Street scenes of San Francisco after the earthquake, April 1906

General view, 1906

General view, 1906

General view, 1906

General view, 1906

General view, 1906

General view, 1906

General view, 1906

General view, 1906

Guerrero and 17th Streets Looking Northwest, 1906

Holy Cross Church, 1906

J. Schweitzer Company, 1906

Jefferson Square refugee camp, 1906

Lobos Square refugee camp in the Marina, 1906

Marina, 1906

Marina, 1906

Mills Building, northeast corner of Montgomery & Bush Streets, 1906

Mission Dolores Church, Dolores and Sixteenth Streets, 1906

Moulder Warehouse, 1906

Nob Hill, 1906

Nob Hill, 1906

Pierce Rudolph Storage on Eddy Street between Fillmore and Webster Streets, 1906

Portland Jewelry Company, 1906

Presidio refugee camp, 1906

Refugee camp in Golden Gate Park near McLaren Lodge, 1906

Refugee camp in Golden Gate Park, 1906

Refugee camp in Golden Gate Park, 1906

Refugee camp in Jefferson Square Park, 1906

Refugee camp in Jefferson Square Park, 1906

Refugee camp in Lafayette Square Park, 1906

Refugee camp in Portsmouth Square, 1906

Refugee camp, 1906

Refugee camp, 1906

Refugee camp, 1906

Russian Hill with Octagon House, 1906

Russian Hill, 1906

Saint Boniface Church, 1906

Saint Francis Church, 1906

Saint Luke Church, 1906

Saint Mary's Church, 1906

Saint Mary's Church, 1906

Saint Mary's Church, 1906

Sansome Street, 1906

Street typist, 1906

Third and Brannan Streets looking up 3rd, 1906

Third and Brannan Streets looking west on Brannan, 1906

Third and Folsom Streets, 1906

Union Square, 1906

Union Square, 1906

View east on Post St. past Shreve & Co. Building, 210 Post St., still standing, 1906

View from Nob Hill looking east, 1906

View from Nob Hill looking east, 1906

View from Nob Hill, 1906

View near Portsmouth Square, 1906

View of the Waterfront, 1906

Call Building, 1906

Citizen's National Bank, 1906

City Hall Avenue in the Civic Center and Pioneer Monument, 1906

City Hall, 1906

City Hall, 1906

Crocker Building on Market Street, 1906

Fairmont Hotel, 1906

Ferry Building, 1906

Fire scene from Jefferson Square Park with refugees, April 1906

Fire scene from Jefferson Square, April 1906

Fire scene on Third Street above Mission Street, April 1906

First and Harrison Streets looking southeast, 1906

Flood Mansion, 1906

Folsom Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, 1906

General view of the waterfront, 1906






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