At the start of the twentieth century, the city of San Francisco, California was a thriving boomtown. The people of the city believed that this century would be a time of hope and prosperity. With a newly developed culture focusing on literature, photography, music, and entertainment, people are drawn to the beautiful location, climate, and opportunities that the city has to offer. With a population of 400,000, San Francisco is considered to be the largest city in California. Even though San Francisco had experienced a few earthquakes and fires prior to the twentieth century, people chose to focus on the future and look forward to the new possibilities that could unfold.
San Francisco was always known for its risqué entertainment industry. Many people looked down on this trend of culture in the society. San Franciscans were determined to improve their cities’ reputation, and wanted to make the city a recognized center for the arts. With a lot of work, their determination finally paid off. On the night of April 17, 1906, crowds of the wealthier people of the population of San Francisco, assembled at the Grand Opera House on Mission Street to hear the Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, perform.
On this evening the weather was unusually balmy, and a reporter standing outside the Opera House noticed that the horses stabled nearby were unusually restless. However, people were more focused on the entertainment of the evening. The streets were filled with horse drawn carriages and automobiles, all arriving for a night to remember. Little did the people of San Francisco know, this would be a night to remember for a whole different reason.
At 5:12 AM on Wednesday April 18, 1906, a foreshock of an earthquake occurred with intense force that was felt widely throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area. About 20 to 25 seconds later, one of the most significant earthquakes of all time, struck the city of San Francisco and the coast of Northern California....