EXHIBITS

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Snapshots

Summary

San Francisco landing page image

The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 is one of the most famous in well documented disasters of the early twentieth century. During the quake and fire that followed more than 3,000 people died and over half of the city's population was left homeless. 
 
In April of 1906, young Ogden native John Lorin Taylor was traveling in the Bay Area and witnessed the incident. The San Francisco Snapshots collection (photograph collection P0346) at Utah State University contains the 25 photographs which Taylor took on the day of the earthquake and the days following,  documenting the destruction of several buildings, such as the Emporium, City Hall, Merchant's Exchange building, Hibernia Bank.
 
Using the snapshots, which Taylor captioned himself, and the stories of other witnesses, Utah State University's San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Snapshots digital exhibit presents the story of the temblor, the buildings it destroyed, and the people who lived there.

Credits

by Elisabeth Cropper