1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire: Recovery History Discovered
107 years ago today the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire occurred. As we commemorate this significant San Francisco anniversary, this post from the archives shares a story about how San Francisco Department of Health historical documents about the 1906 earthquake and fire recovery were discovered and preserved.
As we commemorate the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, which took place at 5:12 a.m. 106 years ago today, we have a special DEM Blog written by the DEM Emergency Medical Services Administrator, Stephen LaPlante, sharing his personal story about finding a nugget of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire history.
SPECTACULAR HISTORICAL FIND ABOUT 1906 EARTHQUAKE & FIRE RECOVERY
Stephen La Plante, DEM Emergency Medical Services Administrator
It was a chilly San Francisco spring night in 1993. I was, among other things, the Building Superintendent of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) Central Office. I had issued a contract for asbestos removal the following day in a long forgotten basement storeroom. The room was filled with decades of payroll records for Laguna Honda Hospital. However, my gut told me that there were possibly other historically significant documents in the room.
My good friend, the City’s Asbestos Control Manager…
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