The California Gold Rush in 1840’s made many people millionaires overnight and you would assume that the people who discovered the initial gold nuggets would be the wealthiest. However, this is not the case. Sutter employee discovers the first gold nugget In 1848, James W. Marshall, a trusted carpenter and employee of John A. Sutter, […]
See rare vintage film of the opening day of the Golden Gate Bridge!
The Golden Gate Bridge spans a mile wide and three miles in length channel between San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Opened May 1937 The Bridge opened in 1937 and was, until 1964, the longest suspension […]
This bombing 100 years ago today is probably the first film of domestic terrorism in the United States!
Dramatic video of an bombing in San Francisco in 1916 – minutes after it occurred. The Preparedness Day Bombing took place in San Francisco, California on July 22, 1916, when the city held a parade in honor of Preparedness Day, in anticipation of the United States’ imminent entry into World War I. During the parade […]
A cool vintage film of a day at the beach in San Francisco in 1903 and everyone is in suits and hats!
Life was certainly different in 1903 when this film was taken. People dressed much differently for a day at the beach compared to today. This film above by American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. taken in 1903 is an afternoon panorama of weekend crowds at the north end of Ocean Beach, the western shore of San […]
Take a ride on a train in 1902 with this rare film of San Francisco Bay area before the bridge was built
This steam engine train ride in San Francisco in 1901 must have been thrilling! The film is photographed from the front of a moving steam engine and it shows the scenic portion of the Ferries and Cliff House Railroad route along the bluffs and cliffs of Lands End (at the northwest corner of San Francisco) […]
Help finally arrives as the Army rides into town on horseback after the earthquake
After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, help arrived in 1906. This film, made by Thomas A. Edison Company highlights the role of the United States Army in transporting supplies following the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. The Army’s relief operations headquarters was at their base, the Presidio, outside the burned part of the […]
San Francisco earthquake in 1906 – Three rare films reveal before and immediately after the earthquake.
The filming of major news events was new when the San Francisco earthquake occurred in 1906. These rare films give a glimpse of life before and after the quake. This film was take May 9, 1906, less than a month after the Great Earthquake occurred in April 18, 1906. The location is Market and Mission […]
Dash cam in San Francisco – four days before the 1906 earthquake!
This was filmed amazingly only four days before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Take a trip down Market Street on April 14th, 1906. Talk about a traffic nightmare. Cars were such a new invention there were no lanes or traffic signals. See more of the aftermath of the earthquake Historical books by Donna R. Causey Three […]
Stanford University – shows the Memorial arch in 1897 before destroyed by earthquake
Memorial arch was a monument dedicated to a child This is probably the earliest film taken of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. It was made in 1897 taken by Edison Manufacturing Company. The film is was taken at the above University, noted the world over, being the personal gift of the late Senator Leland Stanford. […]
Historic interview & pictures with actual Immigrants who traveled to Oregon, New Mexico and California with vintage photographs
Great Depression and Dust Bowl Between the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, families had no other course but to leave the prairie lands and immigrant to the western states to become migrant workers. Below are vivid photographs documenting the difficulties they encountered on the road and interviews by the WPA with four men, Wayne […]