Take This Amazing Trolley-Cam Trip To The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

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Take This Amazing Trolley-Cam Trip To The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Take This Amazing Trolley-Cam Trip To The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

This incredible footage lets you live this epic event. On April 18th, an earthquake rocked the bay. In 60 seconds the roads had turned to twisted bumps and jagged holes. People, cattle and horses ran wild through rubble, bodies and swaying buildings. The quake cracked the water and gas lines and the resulting fireball blazed uncontrollably for 3 days. It took out 490 city blocks and made 250,000 homeless. Here you can take a ride and experience it for yourself.

#1 Mark Twain was an eyewitness to the previous earthquake of 1865. He described it like this:

The street car had stopped, the horses were rearing and plunging, the passengers were pouring out at both ends, and one fat man had crashed half way through a glass window on one side of the car, got wedged fast and was squirming and screaming like an impaled madman.” He wrote of the many curious sights that made ‘toothsome gossip’ for nine days as thousands were made so sea-sick by the rolling and pitching.

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# 2 Back in the 1906 quake, Mr P Barrett recalled:

“The sickening swaying of the earth that threw us flat upon our faces. It seemed as though my head were split with the roar that crashed into my ears. Big buildings were crumbling as one might crush a biscuit in one’s hand. Ahead of me a great cornice crushed a man as if he were a maggot – a laborer in overalls on his way to the Union Iron Works with a dinner pail on his arm.”

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# 3 At the same time Mr G.A. Raymond was sleeping in the luxurious Palace Hotel. This was home to the travelling elite and even boasted the new-fangled invention of “rising rooms” (elevators). He said:

“I had $600.00 in gold under my pillow. I awoke as I was thrown out of bed. Attempting to walk, the floor shook so that I fell. I grabbed my clothing and rushed down into the office, where dozens were already congregated. Suddenly the lights went out, and every one rushed for the door. Outside I witnessed a sight I never want to see again. It was dawn and light. I looked up. The air was filled with falling stones. People around me were crushed to death on all sides. All around the huge buildings were shaking and waving. Every moment there were reports like 100 cannons going off at one time.”

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