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Featured Digital Collections - February 2015

A few minutes after five o'clock in the morning on April 18, 1906, huge shockwaves began wreaking havoc on the city of San Francisco, California, and in the immediate aftermath, fires spread across the area. The combination of the earthquake and the fires destroyed over 80 percent of the city.

At the time of the earthquake, John Lorin Taylor, a native of Ogden, Utah, was traveling in San Francisco and witnessed the incident. This featured digital collection for February 2015 contains the 25 photographs that Taylor took on the day of the earthquake and the two days following. The images portray the devastating toll that the earthquake and subsequent fires took on the city and its inhabitants, over 3,000 of whom were killed, and more than 225,000 left homeless.

Explore the San Francisco Earthquake Snapshots Digital Collection

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