Destruction of San Francisco by Earthquake and Fire, April 18th 1906

Scarce lithograph showing the destruction of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

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As stated under the title, every building in this image was destroyed by the Great Fire that swiftly engulfed San Francisco after the earthquake that hit around 5 a.m on the morning of Wednesday, April 18th 1906. This image, likely showing a perspective near Nob Hill, captures a few moments after the 7.9 magnitude quake hit, with the initial fires starting along ruptured gas mains. Prominent buildings, soon to be burned hulks, are listed and include the St. Francis Hotel, City Hall and the Merchant’s Exchange. Although tiny figures can be seen fleeing in the streets, the image does little to convey the human toll of the disaster. Over 300,000 would become homeless as a result of the fire, from a total regional population of just over 400,000. Estimates vary (population numbers were iffy at best), but the death toll was likely over 3,000, making it the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California history.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1906

Author: Francis Ficke

Sheet Width (in): 40

Sheet Height (in): 15.5

Condition: B

Condition Description: The print is in good shape, with water staining along the bottom border and several tears along the edges on brittle paper, including one 5" tear along the right side that briefly enters the image. Gorgeous color and full image.

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