Trash to tourism: Passing cable cars offer a view of the destruction of California Street. Cable cars at the time were crushed by rubble

Trash to tourism: Passing cable cars offer a view of the destruction of California Street. Cable cars at the time were crushed by rubble

Passing cable cars offer a view of the destruction of California Street. Old St. Marys Cathedral has escaped destruction. (photo blend montage of present-day San Francisco and the city after the 1906 earthquake, by artist Shawn Clover)

“In this series of carefully photoshopped images, photographer Shawn Clover created composite photographs that blend historical scenes from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and his own present-day captures of the same locations.

On April a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco and the coast of Northern California. Fires across the city broke out, ravaging the city for several days. As a result, about people died and of San Francisco was destroyed.

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Our Nutcracker opens on a bustling street on Christmas Eve, 1915, lined with the kind of Victorian architecture that San Francisco is famous for. Of course, Clara’s home is lucky to still be standing in 1915, as many of these homes did not fare well in the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906—a disaster which destroyed over 80% of the city.   (A house on Steiner Street, 1906. Image courtesy Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library.)