Before dawn on the morning of April 19, 1906,San Francisco was suddenly stricken by a massiveearthquake. Severe as this disaster was, it wasnothing compared to the tragedy that followed.Electric wires and gas mains broken by the quakeresulted in fires that almost destroyed the city.More impressive even than the disaster was thecity's swift recovery. Her citizens rallied as onefor the reconstruction of their homes, and within afew months San Francisco had risen from the ashes,more wisely, firmly, beautifully built than before.The legendary author Jack London was among thefirst on the scene of the disaster. Here's hisdramatic account of the disaster, followed by thevivid story of the city's rebirth from Herman S.Scheffauer.
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New Word City, Inc.
September 30, 2011
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