On April 18, 1906, San Francisco and the Northern California coast was struck by a devastating earthquake which claimed the lives of 3,000 people and destroyed 80% of San Francisco. The 1906 earthquake is considered as one of the worst disasters to ever hit The United States along with the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Five years ago, Shawn Clover, a photographer based in San Francisco began on a project titled 1906 + 2010, an amazing series of images that blended photographs from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake into what the city looks like today. Here are 24 of those amazing blended photographs.
A man on a bicycle rides towards a large sinkhole that has opened in front of the fallen Valencia St. Hotel.
Horses killed by falling rubble lie beneath a Mercedes and its owner on Sacramento Street.
Two people walking beside a pit of rubble on 5th street in front of an The United States Mint.
A resting cable car halfway through a partially destroyed cable car barn.
Cars parking in front of the US Courthouse which has done a remarkable job surviving the earthquake.
Cars traveling along the earthquake-buckled South Van Ness Avenue.
Tourists aboard cable cars passing by Fairmont Hotel, which looks fine on the outside but is destroyed by fire inside.
Cars and horse carriages parking in front of Lafayette Park while a city destroyed by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake looms in the background.
Men standing in front of a tent city where displaced residents are being housed. In the background, repairs for the ferry building have already begun.
People aboard cable cars traveling down a destroyed California street. Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in the background has survived the destructive earthquake.
People crossing Jones Street. The Hibernia Bank is still standing strong despite being partially burned.
Pedestrians crossing Market Street in front of what’s left of the Hearst Building.
Citizens gathering around Lotta’s Fountain, which served as a meeting place for people after the earthquake.
People passing by the Mission San Francisco de Asís or Mission Dolores which sill stands after the quake. Unfortunately, the brick church next to it was destroyed.
Citizens pass beneath Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, which was partially destroyed by fire after the earthquake.
Walking through the rubble on Geary Street.
Men and women walking up California Street among charred lumber.
People at Lafayette Park watch as their city is engulfed by fire.
Stunned citizens walking along California Street after the devastating earthquake.
Men at work busily rebuilding their destroyed city as two shoppers cross Drum Street.
A young boy and some business people looking at the camera on the corner of Frankling Street and Hayes Street while a building at the background is being consumed by fire.
A homeless family camps at The Conservatory of Flowers.
Mothers sit on a low wall as their children play on the grass. The Painted Ladies have luckily escaped the fire.
Two girls standing in front of partially destroyed Sharon Building.