1906 EARTHQUAKE: INDEX

1906 Santa Rosa Earthquake Fact Sheet PDF

 

A partial list of articles concerning the 1906 Santa Rosa earthquake:

THE CALM BEFORE
It’s remarkable how completely unremarkable that week otherwise was
APRIL 18, 1906: PART I
The 45 seconds of terror
APRIL 18, 1906: PART II
Even while the town was furiously shaking, fires were starting
BODY COUNTS
We don’t know for certain how many people died
DISPATCHES FROM THE DISASTER ZONE
Vignettes from the newsletter-sized paper published in the two weeks afterwards
MARTIAL LAW, SORT OF
Law and Order in wake of the quake
WHAT OTHERS SAID ABOUT SANTA ROSA
Frightening stories that the rest of the nation heard
THE LONG CLEANUP
More than a year later, parts of downtown were still piled with debris
FORWARD INTO THE PAST
How the earthquake entrenched Santa Rosa in its 19th Century ways
STILL IN BUSINESS, NEW LOCATION
Little news in the newspapers, but lots of ads
POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
Send your friends souvenirs of the disaster
WILL THE INSURANCE CO. PAY?
Whenever someone received a check it was treated like a lottery win
RACE TO REBUILD
All of Fourth St. a construction zone, open-air bazaar, and obstacle course
COURTHOUSE FOR SALE, GOOD FOR PARTS
The wreck of the old courthouse remained amid the hustle to build a new downtown
CRIMINALS AFOOT
At least two men thought it was a great time to pull off a heist
NOW WE CAN LAUGH ABOUT IT
Remember how funny it was when we thought the apocalypse was at hand?
BODY COUNTS, PART II
List of the known dead, and where to look for more victims
OATES AND THE CITY DISPLACED
How a business shantytown was cobbled together
WHAT WE KNOW WE DON’T KNOW
Why is so little known about Santa Rosa’s worst crisis?
NO SHORTAGE OF FOOD
A warehouse bursting with donations, yet the city began rationing
THE SPIN BEGINS
Chamber of Commerce follows San Francisco in rewriting the story of the quake and aftermath
WHO DESERVES RELIEF MONEY?
Santa Rosa liberally dipped into the relief fund for everything except humanitarian aid
THE SPEECH NO ONE WANTED TO HEAR
The best historical account of the disaster was in a speech delivered two years later
1906 SANTA ROSA EARTHQUAKE BY THE NUMBERS
Clearing up some common misinformation
THE YEAR THE 1906 EARTHQUAKE ENDED
About 3½ years later the dust of the 1906 Santa Rosa earthquake finally settled
THE 1906 EARTHQUAKE GRAVESTONE: WHO LIES BENEATH?
One identified body isn’t there at all, but there are probably more remains than assumed
THE LEGENDS OF CAPTAIN ROCKWELL
Tracking down the story about a heroic donation and a famous letter of gratitude
THE 1906 PETALUMA EARTHQUAKE
Fears of mobs coming up from Marin as refugees nearly triple size of Petaluma
1906 EARTHQUAKE: NEW REVELATIONS
The Petaluma newspapers provided additional details about the situation in Santa Rosa
SEEKING MISS EXCELSA
“Mrs. C. Heath,” the vaudeville performer who ended up in Santa Rosa’s mass grave
CAUSE OF DEATH: EARTHQUAKE MADNESS
Of those six whose sanity was shaken by the shaking earth, three died
THE 1906 QUAKE TEN YEARS AFTER
Santa Rosa ignored but San Francisco commemorated


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