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Lotta's Fountain
1906 San Francisco Earthquake


Lotta's Fountain
SF's Oldest Surviving Monument

During the 1906 Earthquake, Lotta's Fountain became a central meeting point for families and survivors — a place where people could leave messages and search for lost relatives. The historic San Francisco landmark is located on the corner of Kearny and Market streets, in downtown S.F.



Anniversary of 1906 Quake
April 18th @ 5:13am

Every year, on the anniversary
of the Great 1906 Earthquake, survivors gather around the fountain (restored in 1999) for a reunion — at 5:13am to mark the exact time of the Great Quake.

April 18, 2011
Dedication to Japanese Quake

April 18, 2011 marked the 105th anniversary of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake and fire — the annual commemoration was dedicated to the Japanese quake victims. On March 11, 2011, an 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Sendai — the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan. The powerful quake was followed by a massive and devastating tsunami just minutes later.



April 18, 2006
100-Year Anniversary of 1906 Quake

On April 18, 2006, in the early hours of the morning, thousands of people gathered along Market Street (it was closed to traffic) and Lotta's Fountain to mark the 100th Anniversary of San Francisco's Great Earthquake.

We drove up from the Peninsula and arrived in SF about 4:30am, joining a sea of people. it was an amazing sight!

Close-up details of Lotta's Fountain - San Francisco's Oldest Surviving Monument from the 1906 Earthquake. San Francisco, California

Eleven quake survivors (aged 100+) attended the televised event, along with politicians and people of all ages, some dressed in period costume.

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Close-up details of Lotta's Fountain - San Francisco's Oldest Surviving Monument from the 1906 Earthquake. San Francisco, California

Lotta's Fountain - San Francisco's Oldest Surviving Monument from the 1906 Earthquake. San Francisco, California

Close-up details of Lotta's Fountain - San Francisco's Oldest Surviving Monument from the 1906 Earthquake. San Francisco, California

Lotta's Fountain Plaque - San Francisco's Oldest Surviving Monument from the 1906 Earthquake. San Francisco, California

Close-up details of Lotta's Fountain - San Francisco's Oldest Surviving Monument from the 1906 Earthquake. San Francisco, California


SF Earthquakes

1906 SF Earthquake and Photos

1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

Lotta's Fountain

Hayward Earthquake Fault Line / USGS Earthquake Center

 

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