Escape 1906 San Francisco Earthquake!

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Illustration: Escape San Francisco Earthquake 1906.  Billy Whiskers, Jr. and His Chums. By Frances Trego Montgomery. Illustrated by Hugo von Hofsten. The Saalfield, Publishing Company:  Chicago, Akron, Ohio & New York.  1907.

San Francisco to Oakland to Sacramento!

“Let us cross the bay to Oakland as soon as we can. Perhaps the quake will not run under the bay and we will be safe if we can reach Oakland.”  And the three ran down the street keeping together this time, for they knew every-one was too excited to pay attention to them.

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“All aboard for Sacramento and the far east,” called the conductor, as he swung himself onto the train as it moved slowly out of the depot.

“Now,” said Billy, “we must follow the track the train is on until we get out of the city and then we will be all right, for there will be only one track running east.

 

Billy Whiskers, Jr. and His Chums.

By Frances Trego Montgomery.

Illustrated by Hugo von Hofsten.

The Saalfield, Publishing Company: Chicago, Akron, Ohio & New York. 1907.

16 thoughts on “Escape 1906 San Francisco Earthquake!

    1. Real goats! Yes, you are absolutely right – goats were very popular! I too have notice that goats were frequently main characters at the turn of the prior century. Perhaps goats had the kind of personality that made the engine of a story steam on! Since you have real goats today maybe you can help us understand what it might be about goats that made them so special.

    1. Oh my! I just looked at the sort of feed for your blog and I love everything! I couldn’t figure out how to vote on that goat, but I love what I see so I will be your slave!!
      Elephant

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! In the text it explains they were running from the buildings being dynamited, but since most people think of fire and earthquake only so I left the blowing up of buildings out, but I think you can see the blasts. They get to Oakland and it is full of refugees – so they chase after the train to Sacramento and eventually know they are far enough away to be safe!
      Elephant

        1. Well, I didn’t know it either – so we live and learn – maybe an expert on the San Francisco earthquake can tell us more about blowing up buildings. I did understand that the fire was out of control, and maybe it was a way to stop the danger and spread of fire??? But Billy got out of his pen and ran away with his friends and this is the fairy tale end of things!
          Elephant

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