San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
High Noon on April 18th, San Franciscans Hurry Down Market Street, Pell-Mell Towards the Ferry Building... Caught in the never-ending stream of buggies and wagons, refugees on foot carry birdcages and bag of valuables. Hand-in-hand, they step over cracks, dodge electric wires, and hurry past burnt-out walls - each home left behind in an agonizing decision. If the Ferry Tower stood, then ferries could
In the Distant Haze the Reassuring Ferry Tower Became the Sole Symbol of Safe Escape... Only ferries could carry the continuing stream of refugees away from the city of flames. From Fort Mason, Brigadier General Fredrick Funston chose to save the Ferry Building with its functional slips as the most efficient way to get people out of the city and bring medical supplies and dynamite in. Salt water pumped by Navy launches kept the Ferry Building, the adjoining Post Office, and Harbor Emergency Hospital in operation.
Last View of San Francisco's Firestorm from the Ferry, April 18... Broken gas lines ignited fires at scattered points all over the city. By noon, acting Fire Chief Doherty reported fifty-odd fires put out by his men. Water mains were broken. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water stored in storm sewers and cisterns were drained during the first day of the fires that burned for four days. Finally, firemen could only help the military dynamite homes along Van Ness to stop the fire. From this time on, San Franciscans would bracket events in their lives with "Before the fire..." or "After the fire."
Sight-seers Took the Ferry Over to See What Was Left of San Francisco, May 1906... Tourists had to be quick to dodge
The Corps of Engineers Edict: "Tear Down the Ferry Building..." Cooler heads prevailed. Port engineers wrapped 5000 feet of heavy steel cable around the loose stone facing on the tower until it could be replaced with cement. The clock stopped at 5:15 - two minutes fast - a dramatic symbol to everyone who had lived through that dawn, and a reminder to San Franciscans to pause and think of those who did not.
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is April 18, 1906.
Location. 37° 47.662′ N, 122° 23.567′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on The Embarcadero near Mission Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 141 The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Getting Around (within shouting distance of this marker); Audiffred Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Howard Sperry and Nick Bordoise (about 400 feet away); Port Time (about 400 feet away); Signs of History (about 400 feet away); Ferry Building (about 500 feet away); Freeway Supports (about 500 feet away); Klebingat Recalls The City Front (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. This marker is on the San Francisco Bay Trail.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 3, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 694 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 3, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.