103 years ago tomorrow, San Francisco was shattered. The great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 left the city in shambles. The Chronicle has just unearthed some new photos of the aftermath that are stunning.
It's a chance for me to remember my two favorite parts of earthquake lore that exist to this day. The golden hydrant is in the City's Mission District. When the rest of the water system failed, this hydrant continued to pump water, which allowed the fire department to save huge chunks of the City. Each year on the anniversary, the fire chief repaints the golden hydrant to thank it for saving San Francisco.
Lotta's Fountain was the main meeting point for survivors of the earthquake, and is the site of the modern remembrance ceremony. Sadly, last year, for the first time, no survivors attended the ceremony. It is believed that there are only two survivors left alive.
April 18th serves as a reminder that we are overdue for another large earthquake, and of the incredible spirit of the City!
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