San Francisco shakes and burns, April 18, 1906
On April 18, 1906, an early morning earthquake and subsequent fire killed more than 3000 people and destroyed much of the city of San Francisco, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. An April 20, 1906, article in The Titusville Morning Herald of Titusville, Penn., covered the progress of the disaster through a series of dispatches.
“At midnight the flames were slowly but steadily moving on portions of San Francisco still untouched. The sky presented a lurid picture. The strongest fire seemed to be in the western end of the city, while the volume of flame in the Mission district would indicate that the conflagration was less severe during the day.”
Read about the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake
An April 21, 1906, ad in The New York Times declared the intention of United Cigar Stores Co. to replace its destroyed property in the city. San Francisco to be Rebuilt
An article published June 8, 1907, in The Evening Independent of Massillon, Ohio, chronicled one observer’s impressions of the city’s progress in rebuilding. San Francisco as it is today