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1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance

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1906 Earthquake & Fire Walks

San Francisco City Guides

Throughout 2006, San Francisco City Guides offers three Earthquake Walks to commemorate the centennial of the 1906 earthquake and fire. The Walks retell the personal stories of heroism and corruption, explore the effects and aftermath of the disaster, and visit locations and structures of historic significance. Learn about this defining moment in San Francisco history on foot with our experienced and knowledgeable guides.

Details of each Walk follows:
1906--IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE
Imagine awakening before dawn on April 18, 1906, to the unthinkable--a massive earthquake has toppled chimneys and buildings, and ripped apart city water pipes. With the fire on your heels, escape from the alleyways south of Market to what should be the safety of Union Square.

1906--PHOENIX RISING
Find out how a mother cooked breakfast for her family and burned down the neighborhood, how City Hall was destroyed (both literally and figuratively), and how the city rushed to rise from the ashes and rebuild better than ever.

1906--ARE WE THERE YET?
Walking through the Presidio, explore the role of the Army in this extraordinary time. Learn about the more than 200,000 San Franciscans left suddenly homeless and their struggle to return to a normal life.

photo of the walking tour at The Presidio

Photo by Scott Haefner.

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When

From January - December 2006
1906 IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE
4/17/06 at 10 am
2nd Mondays of each month at 10 am
1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays of each month at 1 pm

1906 PHOENIX RISING
1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 1 pm
1st, 3rd, & 5th Saturdays of each month at 1 pm

1906 ARE WE THERE YET?
04/01/06, 04/14/06 and 04/15/06 at 1 pm
3rd Friday of each month at 1 pm
2nd, 4th & 5th Saturdays of each month at 1 pm

Where

Each walk starts at a different San Francisco location.
1906 IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE
Meets in the green space (Ecker Place) between 525 and 555 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.

1906 PHOENIX RISING
Meets at Memorial Court (the small park at Fulton and Franklin Streets, San Francisco, CA 94102.

1906 ARE WE THERE YET?
Meets at the Presidio Officers' Club and Visitor Center
50 Moraga Street
San Francisco, CA 94122

For more information, call 415-557-4266 or visit www.sfcityguides.org.

Relevance

Walks take participants through historic areas of San Francisco affected by the earthquakes and fires of April 1906.

Audience

General public. Free event. Donations accepted.

Contact

Laura Schroeder, (415) 557-4266

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