Did anyone notice that there were relatively few women shown? Until lady with big hat boards the street car at 6:46, I didn't realize that almost all of the people shown are men. I'll have to watch again for the 4-in-hand, but I really dug that kid galloping up the street on the Percheron-type horse.
It's amazing that anyone survived the traffic chaos - there were a lot of seeming near-misses. It reminded me of those old screwball comedies - hallway with everyone popping back and forth through various doors. This movie was exactly the same - only outdoors!
"I couldn't fix your brakes, so I made your horn louder."
And sadly it is the earthquake where the heartbreak begins for the horses. In one museum in SF, afraid I can't remember where, there is a heartbreaking tribute to the thousands and thousands of horses that were pulled in from ranches and small farms to help rebuild the city.
Most had never been broken to harness, some had not been broken even to ride, but they were quickly hauling massively heavy loads of rubble - and then later, building supplies up and down the streets of the city. Their lifespan was measured in months at most before they collapsed and died from exhaustion.
Yes, it probably did have to be done, but standing, reading that story in downtown SF, I was bawling like a baby at how those horses lived and died.
According to this article 15,000 horses were worked to death in the months following the quake (bottom of first page). I can't find anything on the internet that goes into the detail that was in the museum. I shall never complain about smelly, dirty trucks again, if only they had been available in '06.
Wonder how severe the restrictions were and if a woman wearing pants was just considered eccentric, or if it was punished.
The fate of the horses wasn't easy. But imagine, there was space for wildlife and there were forests still untouched. California human population, lots smaller. The rebuilding after the 1906 earthquake caused massive logging all the down the coast to Santa Cruz.
Legends say, there were so many salmon in the river one could cross by stepping on their backs! Last year, they had to close the salmon fishing, there were so few of them. This year is better they hope.
Thank you Carol !
My great grandmother was born in the same year as the great quake in San Fransisco. I sent the images on to my Mom today for her 79th birthday. What an amazing piece of history. We are 4th and 5th generation CA so this was really fun to watch.
Don't have time to watch this second, but I've opened all the links so I can read later! I actually grew up in Northern CA (3 hours north of SF),,,so made many many trips down there. I'm really excited and interested to read/watch everything.