This amazingly detailed, panoramic high resolution photograph shows just how completely devastated 4 days and 4 nights of fires left San Francisco after the Great 1906 Earthquake.
6 weeks later smoke still hangs in the air as people begin the long, mammoth task of cleaning up.
More than just a historical snapshot of one of the most famous natural disasters, this photo also serves as a window back into another time… Life on the waterfront is nearly unrecognizable to a visitor today but for a few surviving landmarks, while action on the wharf and piers show how SF was once a bustling working-class sea-port, far from it’s modern gentrified persona as a tourist destination.
If you have some time to really zoom in on the details, there are new things to see anywhere you may care to look.
Caption: “Photograph of San Francisco in Ruins From Lawrence Captive Airship 2000 feet above San Francisco Bay overlooking waterfront. Sunset over Golden Gate.”
(Image Source: Wikipedia Commons and Public domain)