Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The day before the Great Earthquake of 1906

Stereoscopic view of the San Francisco Ferry Building. from Wikimedia.org.
View looking west to San Francisco from Berkeley at the turn of the century. Notice the absence of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges

"Katie! How could you" said Charlotta. "Now we are too late to take the Car to Carmel." Katie replied out of breath "I'm sorry, I forgot!"
Carolena was suprised for very seldom did the mother and daughter have words. Though she was tired she spoke up, "Well good, then we have time to catch the ferry to Oakland and go with your Aunt Agatha to a lecture at that new school in Berkeley!"
Neither Mother or daughter wanted to see Aunt Agatha THAT much, but Katie loved being on the water, and Charlotta was interested in seeing the new college. "OK, let's see if we don't miss THAT ferry" agreed Charlotta slightly peeved

Historical note about the San Francisco Ferry Building from http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/

Brown included a 245-foot-tall clock tower modeled after the 12th century bell tower in the Seville Cathedral in Spain to serve as a welcoming beacon on the Bay. Construction was started in 1896, and the Union Depot and Ferry House—quickly shortened by public use to the Ferry Building—received its first scheduled arrival in July 1898. Passengers off the boats passed through an elegant two-story public area with repeating interior arches and overhead skylights. At its peak, as many as 50,000 people a day commuted by ferry.

(A.Page Brown, architect of the Ferry building tragically never got to see his completed building as he was thown from his horse and died in 1896. I love my car) C


Ingrid said...

Beautiful rooms, beautiful dolls and the story is stunning good :-))
veel liefs

My Realitty said...

Thank you Ingrid the dolls are fun to play with and the history was a particularly rich time. :) CM

My Realitty said...

A funny note, when writing this post I wanted to say the mother was condidering Berkeley for her daughter but I wasn't sure when they admitted women and was too busy to check. Well we learned the answer through Rebecca's post as her relative attended CAL!

So did my daughter. GO BEARS! C