1906 Quake Anniversary
When the earthquake hit on April 18, 1906, it did so in the wee hours at 5:12 am. The cast iron Lotta’s Fountain on Market Street became a crucial meeting point and is now known as SF’s oldest surviving monument.
Every year since, city officials (and in past years, survivors too) gather around the fountain for a reunion at 5:12 am to mark the exact time of the Great Quake.
With the passing of the last known living survivor of the 1906 quake (109 year old Bill Del Monte), 2017 marks the inevitable second year there will be no survivors for the reunion.
1906 Quake Ceremony & Remembrance
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 4:30 am
Lottas Fountain, Market/Geary/Kearny, SF
2017 Schedule of Events:
- 4:30 am: Commemoration of The San Francisco Great Earthquake & Fire at Lotta’s Fountain (Geary, Market & Kearny Streets)
- 4:45 am: Master of Ceremonies Welcome Remarks
- 5:00 am: Vintage fire truck parade arrives at Lotta’s Fountain
- 5:00 am Mayor, Fire Chief, Police Chief introduced. Mayor hangs wreath
- 5:11 am: Countdown announced
- 5:12 am: Sirens
- 5:13 am: Minute of silence
- 5:14 am: Sing-a-long “San Francisco”
- 5:15 am: Announcements / Invitation to 20th and Church Golden Hydrant Painting
- 5:30 am: 20th and Church Golden Fire Hydrant Painting then wreath placed by the San Francisco History Association
Submitted by Johnny Funcheap