San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, California

The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Stereographs by W.S. Smith collection contains 24 color stereographs published in San Francisco in 1906 by W.S. Smith during and following the earthquake and fire which destroyed much of the city. Notable scenes of devastation include buildings such as the Palace Hotel, the United States Mint, City Hall, the Grand Hotel, Temple Emanu-El, St. Patrick's Church, the Call Building, St. Mary's Hospital, The Hall of Justice, and St. Ignatius Church, as well as areas such as Russian Hill, Market Street, and Portsmouth Square. Also pictured are refugee camps at Fort Mason, Jefferson Square and Union Square....

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Smith, W.S.
Camp in Jefferson Square where rich and poor alike found quarters to sleep and a place to eat. All were treated alike by soldiers in command. Many…
Smith, W.S.
Troop M, 14th Regiment, U. S. A. The soldiers are just leaving duty from among the refugees at Ft. Mason and returning to their camp at the Presidio.…
Smith, W.S.
Looking down Mission street with good idea of destruction of iron work on large buildings. On this street were Rialta, Aronson, Atlas and Wells-Fargo…
Smith, W.S.
The large building is the temporary hospital at Fort Mason where wounded and sick refugees are being cared for. Tents show the homes of many who…
Smith, W.S.
The famous "Poodle Dog" Restaurant, the most widely known resort of its kind in the world.
Smith, W.S.
City Hall from Gough street, looking southeast. Erected at a cost of $11,000,000 and destroyed in a night.
Smith, W.S.
Fire and quake no respecter of place or persons! All that is left of the Y. M. C. A. Building, corner Ellis and Mason streets.
Smith, W.S.
Here is shown refugees in camp at Fort Mason all available household effects being carted along.
Smith, W.S.
One of the food stations where refugees were fed.
Smith, W.S.
The Donohue Fountain corner Market Bush and Battery streets. All that is left of a modern sky-scraper after dynamite was used. Dynamite was used…

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