A Haunting Trip in Downtown San Francisco Just Before (and After) the Earthquake


This film was shot on April 14, 1906, just four days before the San Francisco earthquake and fire that destroyed over 80% of the city, and to which the negative was nearly lost.. And it has SOUND! (Be sure to also check out the aftermath video below that traces the same route just a few days later!)


Recently discovered footage of San Francisco in the wake of the destructive 1906 earthquake has been made available to the public since I posted the above video. The below 9-minute recording was likely shot by The Miles Brothers, San Francisco’s first movie company, one or two weeks after the 7.9-magnitude quake rocked the city. IT TRACES THE SAME ROUTE featured in the above “A Trip Down Market Street” film that was taken by the same company a few days before the quake. The two films offer a dramatic before-and-after contrast. No smiling faces, no hustle, no playing kinds in the street in the second one…


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