NPR-San Francisco Affiliate, KQED Radio Perspectives Series
Crossing the Bay Bridge into San Francisco, the impression is of a city neatly built — layer upon layer, year after year, one grand building preceding another. That such a thriving metropolis could ever be reduced to ruins is hard to picture.
And yet, a century ago, San Francisco was ruined. The 1906 Earthquake reduced the city — already one of America’s largest — to a heap of rock and burnt timber.