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1906 Quake Anniversary

Commemorate the quake & fire on April 18th at 5:12am on Market Street
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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
Tuesday, April 18, 2018 | 4:45 am
Lottas Fountain, Market/Geary/Kearny, SF

The 2018 ceremony will be dedicated to the memory of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who passed away suddenly on December 12, 2017

2018 Schedule of Events:

  • 4:45 a.m.: Master of Ceremonies Welcome Remarks; a special announcement by the San Francisco History Association about the progress of  1906 Memorial Plaque campaign
  • 5:00 a.m.: Acting Mayor, Fire Chief, Police Chief introduced. Mayor hangs wreath on Lotta’s Fountain.
  • 5:11 a.m.: 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)

Public Domain via Wikipedia

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire from Red Channels on Vimeo.