A Ride Down Market Street
Actual film taken only days before the destruction of San Franciso.
I don't have a lot to add to what the video description says, which I reproduce in its entirety below. This is a terrific ride into the past that any history buff should enjoy. Many of the people shown in this short clip no doubt died four days later in the great San Francisco 1906 earthquake.
|It's amazing how the Ferry Building survived so handily. That goes to show you the importance of building codes.|
Produced as part of the popular Hale's Tours of the World film series, the film begins at the location of the Miles Brothers film studio, 1139 Market Street, between 8th and 9th Streets; it was filmed 14 April 1906, four days before the devastating earthquake and fire of 18 April 1906, which virtually destroyed the entire downtown area. The negative was taken by train to the Miles New York office on 17 April 1906, narrowly saving it from destruction by one day and thus preserving a moment in the history of San Francisco that would soon cease to exist.
|Utter devastation in San Francisco.|
This film was silent. I have added piano music composed and performed by Taylor Hayward. Mr. Hayward says: "...free to download and play, free to rebroadcast in any form for any purpose, free to play in public, free to publish for profit, and free to sample... There is no copyright on this music."
"This film, shot from the front window of a moving Market Street cable car, is a rare record of San Francisco's principal thoroughfare and downtown area before their destruction in the 1906 earthquake and fire. The filmed ride covers 1.55 miles at an average speed of nearly 10 miles per hour...
|Repairing this must have been intense.|
|The people are dressed the same, but everything else is different.|
|San Francisco Call newspaper building in flames.|
|This photo is particularly poignant, taken from the route of the film on Market Street.|
|Nothing but smoking ruins.|
|Russian and Telegraph Hills.|
|A crowd gathers to watch from a nearby hill. What else could you do? If you go down there, you might just become another victim and add to the burden of rescue efforts.|