Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Great San Francisco Earthquake Map

Esri has published an interesting Medium blog post exploring some of the best history maps created using their mapping platform. We've featured some of the maps in Seven Maps That Will Change the Way You Look At History on Maps Mania before but The San Francisco 1906 Earthquake & Fire is one that I haven't seen before.

This Story Map is based on a report by San Francisco Fire Department Captain Henry Mitchell, who was on duty when the 1906 earthquake occurred. The map locates a number of the important locations, mentioned in the report, recounting the tireless work of Mitchell and his crew, who worked for three straight days after the earthquake struck.

The map includes historical photos of the damage caused by the earthquake and overlays them on top of the beautiful pictorial Chevalier Tourist Map of San Francisco, from the David Rumsey collection.

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