Monday, April 19, 2010

1906 Earthquake Commemoration at Lotta's Fountain

A couple hundred people gathered at Lotta's Fountain at the corner of Market and Kearney on Sunday morning, April 18th at 5:12 am to commemorate the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. The fountain served as a meeting point during after earthquake and fire and each year a ceremony is held at the fountain in remembrance.
Compared to the thousands that were there on the 100th anniversary (which I also went to) it was a smaller crowd. This year the only survivor present at the annual anniversary gathering was 104-year old William Del Monte.
Its a touching event, with people gathered to honor the horrible event that almost destroyed the city completely. At the end, to show their pride in the city, everyone sang a rendition of "San Francisco."

1 comment:

  1. The fountain was Lotta's tribute to the city,and to her first friend she met there on her first arrival as a child,an old dray horse.She wanted a place for man or beast to drink!