San Francisco earthquake and fire,1906. Over 225,000 of the city’s 400,000 residents were homeless. Fires destroyed about 28,000 buildings and 500 blocks – ¼ of San Francisco.
San Francisco. Early Gold Rush. With the discovery of gold, the population of SF grew exponentially. Sailors from around the world came to the city and then abandoned their ships to head to gold country. Many of those ships were left to rot and were subsequently built upon.