1906 Earthquake & Fire Anniversary Ceremony | SF
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Lotta’s Fountain | Kearny Street & Market Street, San Francisco, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
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.
1906 Quake Ceremony & Remembrance
Thursday, April 18, 2019 | 4:45 am
Lottas Fountain, Market/Geary/Kearny, SF
This year’s ceremonial fire helmet as Honorary Survivor goes to Donna Ewald-Huggins (aka Lillie Hitchcock Coit) for her many years of service to the San Francisco history community. Also being honored this year is outgoing Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White
2019 Schedule of Events:
- 4:45 a.m.: Master of Ceremonies Welcome Remarks
- 5:00 a.m.: Mayor, Fire Chief, Police Chief introduced. Mayor hangs wreath on Lotta’s Fountain
- 5:11 a.m.: Moment of silence and announce countdown (start countdown just before 5:12)
- 5:12 a.m.: Sirens
- 5:14 a.m.: Sing “San Francisco”
- 5:15 a.m.: Announcement/invitation to paint the Golden Hydrant at 20th and Church streets, which saved the Mission
- 5:30-6:30 a.m.: Help respray the Golden Hydrant at 20th and Church (event sponsored by the San Francisco History Association)
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, 1906 Quake Anniversary, Fairs & Festivals, History, San Francisco