The day before the Great Earthquake of April 18th,1906 San Francisco
It is April 17th, 1906. Charlotta waits anxiously for her daughter Katie to return from High School in the City, They are going to make a special trip to Carmel, a little colony by the sea to visit an artist friend. If Katie is late they will miss the connection to the car they are taking. Charlotta wants her mother Carolena to come too, but she says she prefers to stay home and rest.
Arnold Genthe's famous picture of looking at the fire from Market Street
Arial photographs taken by kite weeks later showing the devastation of the city.
There are many links about this disaster. Wikipedia, California Historical Society and the Library of Congress even has movie footage of the aftermath. C