Sunday, April 18, 2010

Memorial - San Francisco earthquake 1906

The earthquake struck at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906.
The fire hydrant (at the corner of Church and 20th Street) is painted in gold, because that's where the fire, destroying most of the city, was finally stopped. Today the "San Francisco History Association" put a wreath on it (their website shows the event as: "1906 Earthquake & Fire Rememberance").


  1. I've seen pictures of that historic earthquake — it was awful. I also read that it was because of it that SF's strict building code was developed. I hope nothing like it ever happens again there.

    I like the golden fire hydrant as a memorial. It shows sadness and hope, and pride in the city's people.

  2. that is so symbolic... one little fire hydrant with so much history!