1906

Today’s the 106th anniversary of the big quake.

This was a high school on Bridge St., that we now call Broadway. The telephone poles made it through fine, as you can see. The city grew somewhat after the quake, as people relocated from San Francisco. Our neighborhood was part of that expansion; it was a large estate, subdivided into streets and home lots, and is still referred to as “New High School Acres” in some real estate documents. You can see that they definitely needed a new high school. Here’s an earthquake memory from someone who lived here then:

At night they could see the fiery red sky to the north from the conflagration in San Francisco. In a few days, families started appearing on Old County Road with carts, baby buggies or carriages with their possessions as they escaped the city. The Women’s Club served coffee and sandwiches to the wayfarers.

Take a look at this shake map of the area.

That yellow “strong” shaking area roughly in the center of the map is where the Mellowcat now resides. The “violent” shaking areas to our north and east must be former wetlands or creekbeds. And that black, “very violent” area in the lower left corner? That’s your San Andreas fault right there.

Flickr photo: Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library

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