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.
Description English: San Francisco harbor (Yerba Buena Cove), 1850 or 1851, with Yerba Buena Island in the background.
Mary Ellen Pleasant She came to San Francisco during the Gold Rush and through remarkable business savvy, amassed a fortune. In 1866, Pleasant led a battle for the right of African Americans to ride San Francisco streetcars which made it all the way to the California Supreme Court. She won.
U.S. Avis and Effie Hotchkiss (1915) a mother and daughter team who rode from New York to California to attend the San Francisco World’s Fair and made themselves the first female riders to cross the United States.