San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of April, 1906

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A survivor's story
H. Wild journal

Wednesday morning, April 18th, 1906 at 5:16 a.m. a terrible earth-quake San Francisco doing awful damage. I jumped out of bed at the first shake and tried to stand on my feet but could not as the house shook from side to side...

 

 

The streets were crowded with bare-footed, half dresses people afraid to return to their houses and broken glass and bricks were strewn everywhere...

 

 

 

After the fire was under control, we returned to the house little realizing the destruction caused by the earthquake...

 

 

Suddenly the crowd started to run and we ran also out Grant Ave.; we did not know where or why we were running, but run we did...

 

 

The fire spread more and more. The sight from our roof was a grand and terrible one... The whole city in every direction below us blazed and crackled while explosions of dynamite...

 

The earthquake and fire destroyers of a once beautiful city, separating families and friends, killing hundreds and in a business way ruining thousands. Might have been much worse. And for this, we are very, very thankful. H. Wild.

 
 
 


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