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A Walk Along the Old Bay Margin in Downtown San Francisco

N. California Geological Society

Lead by Dr. Ray Sullivan, Professor Emeritus, SFSU, the field trip follows the events that happened on the first day of the April 18, 1906 earthquake and fire.

The walk will begin at the Civic Center located at the edge of the old Mission Bay marshland. Stops will be made along Sixth Street and the subsidence area in the South of Market. This part of the City was “ground zero” at dawn on that fateful day since this was the area of greatest damage, and many of the fires originated here.

The walk follows the path of the fire as it moves onto Market Street. Stops will be made at some of the pre-1906 buildings along Market, as well as Lotta’s Fountain, and the old shoreline marker of Yerba Buena Cove at Mechanics Monument. The walk continues along Montgomery Street following the path of the fire as it spread into the Financial District.

Lunch is planned in a restaurant in Chinatown. After lunch, we will visit Portsmouth and Jackson squares ending up at the foot of Russian Hill. It planned as a fun trip. It would be of interest to families although it does involve quite a bit of walking.

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Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 9 am
Note: Maximum participants is 50 people.

Meet outside the the Civic Ctr BART Station at Market & Hyde Streets in San Francisco.

Get a field trip flyer at www.ncgeolsoc.org/meetings.htm#Meetings


Starting at Civic Center, San Francisco


To re-live and understand the events of the first day of the 1906 earthquake and fire. For more details, see above.


Professionals and general public.


Tridib Guha, (925) 370-0685

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