Compare footage of San Francisco before and after the 1906 earthquake

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked San Francisco in 1906 and the resulting fires devastated the city, but old San Francisco remains in photographs and video. This video lets you travel down Market Street as it looked before the earthquake hit.


The video, produced by Miles Brothers in 1906, was filmed from the front of a cable car.

The footage in the video below was shot in the days and weeks following the Earthquake, and shows how utterly obliterated most of the city was. It even shows cable cars trundling down a much emptier, ruin-filled Market street.

San Francisco, Before and After the 1906 Fire [mental_floss]


The lack of traffic laws in the top video makes me imagine driving was a nightmare back then.