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hydrant earthquake 1906


Friday I took a couple hours off and visited a local landmark in nearby San Francisco: an old fireplug at 20th and Church streets with a plaque next to it. After the 1906 earthquake and fires, when shattered water mains had left the city's firefighters helpless for three days, this hydrant was found to yield water. With its flow and thousands of refugees in Dolores Park helping the exhausted city crews and horses, the fire was stopped at 20th Street. Every year on the quake's anniversary, that hydrant is freshly painted gold. It's a great story, but next time we'll need many more hydrants working.
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Feb 11 2006 22:35 GMT PhotoPro PRO
It is a great story, but you'll need more than fire hydrants! :)
Mar 05 2006 19:19 GMT fotoloekb PRO
Look at the URL below for what they in some parts of Switserland are doing with the hydrants!

Apr 20 2006 02:00 GMT hans55 PRO
great story ... now i understand why they paint it gold !!