A Defining Moment for San Francisco, 111 Years Ago Today

One hundred eleven years ago today, on April 18 at 5:12 a.m., a violent earthquake shook San Francisco.   This was 30 years before the Richter scale was developed to measure an earthquake’s magnitude, and nearly 70 years before the system we use today, the Moment Magnitude scale. The scale ranks an earthquake on a scale…

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Peering through mists to see San Francisco at the turn of the century

The ghost of San Francisco circa 1900 may haunt some of the narrow alleys of Chinatown. You might sense its presence in the Ferry Building, completed in 1898, and one of the very few large buildings to survive the earthquake in 1906. But by and large, the city is a modern one that breathes more…

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Iroquois Theater Tragedy

Chicago’s Iroquois Theater opened in 1903 on West Randolph Street. No expense was spared on the massive, L-shaped structure. From the soaring ceilings to the mahogany trim to the gilded accents, the theater was a work of art. It had three levels and could accommodate 1,700 people.     Owner Will Davis expected the theater to be complete mid-year,…

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