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Checkout Time: 1906

Checkout Time: 1906

"Palace Hotel, Market Street, San Francisco." After the devastating earthquake and fire of April 1906, the hotel was razed to make way for the "New" Palace, which opened in 1909. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

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Memory of the Earthquake

When I was a child, our family had a regular babysitter who, as an eight year old, had lived through the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. One of the stories she told me was about a man who was trapped in some rubble and they had to amputate his leg on site to free him. It made a real impression on her as an eight year old when she witnessed it, and on me as a nine year old when she told the story.

Another survivor

The Monadnock Building at far right was still under construction when the 1906 earthquake hit. It not only survived that and the fire, but 2 separate attempts by the US Army to dynamite it in order to create a firebreak to protect the Palace Hotel.


Below is the same view from September of 2009.


At the left edge, the 1889 De Young Building survives, or at least its restored façade does, and also the historic Lotta's Fountain, both seen in this photo I took on March 1, 2015.

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