Films of San Francisco Before and After the 1906 Earthquake


Presented by Prelinger Library

Here are links to archival films showing San Francisco before and after the 1906 earthquake. All are available for free downloading and reuse from the Internet Archive.

[Edison Newsreels: San Francisco Earthquake aftermath] - Edison (Thomas A.)
Cleaning up downtown San Francisco after the conflagration.

[San Francisco Earthquake Aftermath] - N/A
Views of destruction taken from a vehicle moving east down Market Street.

[San Francisco Earthquake Aftermath: Riding Down Market Street] - N/A
Riding down Market Street to inspect the destruction.

[San Francisco Earthquake Aftermath, 1906] - Unknown
Chilling post-earthquake footage, shot in the Western Addition and on Market Street in San Francisco. The first sequence (Western Addition) shows a great deal of evocative neighborhood detail almost one hundred years ago.

[San Francisco After the Fire, 1906] - Unknown
Scenes of displaced people and damaged buildings in San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire. Original film is in need of repair, jumps and rolls out of frame.

[Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire, A] - Unknown
Pictures San Francisco's main thoroughfare as seen from the front window of a moving Market Street cable car, before the downtown area was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. This unusual record has been called the first "structural film" because it follows exactly the externally imposed structure of the car ride.