Friday, April 18, 2008

San Francisco - April 18, 1906

Kathryn Doyle at the California Genealogical Society and Library Blog has a post today about a book titled A Most Dreadful Earthquake: A First-Hand Account of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire by Dorothy Fowler, which includes 40 letters written by Sarah E. Phillips immediately after the earthquake.

This book sounds like a great book for a Christmas gift for my wife and brother-in-law, whose grandmother and great-grandparents lived through the earthquake. I posted a picture of them after the earthquake in my post here last year. How I wish that we had some family letters, or even family stories, from this family.


Lee Drew said...


If you or your readers haven't taken the USGS virtual tour of the San Francisco earthquake, visit

They have put quite a few Google Earth files on the site that walk you through the earthquake showing fault lines, before and after photos, ets. They've also included files showing the current day quake activity, etc.

It is well worth your time to take their 'tour'.

Kathryn Doyle said...

Thanks, Randy!

footnoteMaven said...


Here is a fantastic link The Virtual Museum of The City of San Francisco.

I posted a summary of their links and projects on my blog today titled April 18, 1906 - 5.13am The Great San Francisco Earthquake.

I have this strange thing going with earthquakes.


Lee Drew said...

Footnote posted a story about the earthquake today.