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1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Rumors of Great Disaster Poster

2006 was the centennial of the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire and in recognition the California State Capitol Museum developed Rumors of Great Disaster: The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. The exhibit featured dramatic photographs, original accounts of survivors, memorabilia, and artifacts from the earthquake and firestorm.

The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire was one of the most devastating urban disasters in United States history. The exhibit explored the geology of the earthquake area, the initial devastation caused by the actual earthquake, and the great conflagration that followed: engulfing dozens of city blocks and causing even greater destruction and loss of life than the earthquake itself.

Also highlighted were San Francisco's chaotic evacuation, the response by Federal and State governments, support from local communities and private enterprise, plus the city's lengthy recovery and its massive rebuilding efforts.  More...