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1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance

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Survivors: Life in an '06 Quake Camp

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Presidio Trust, San Francisco State University

The 1906 Earthquake and Fire left over 200,000 San Franciscans homeless. Experience what life was like for these unfortunate citizens through the Presidio’s recreation of a refugee camp. Enter the tents and earthquake cottages to learn more about the earthquake and fires that followed, and how refugees overcame the physical and emotional challenges of obtaining food, water, clothing, shelter, and medical care, while keeping their families together as they struggled to rebuild their lives.

Learn how race relations and other issues were handled in the tent cities. As part of our recreation, you might find yourself patrolling with a soldier, sewing with a seamstress, or journaling with a junior.

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April 1 - 30, 2006
Mon - Fri: 12 noon to 1 pm
Sat - Sun: 10 am to 4 pm

Call (415) 561-4323 to schedule a group tour.


Presidio, Main Post
Corner of Lincoln Blvd & Halleck St
San Francisco, CA 94129

Close to parking and MUNI lines.


A recreation of where and how survivors lived after their lives where disrupted by the 1906 earthquake and fires


General public. Free event.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers will be recruited to staff the exhibit tents. A volunteer camp host may also be recruited to live on-site for 30 days in a volunteer-provided RV or tent.


Robert Holloway, (415) 331-1563 or (415) 595-5395

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