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97 years ago today...

I took a walk on the Berkeley Pier today. With my dog. Actually, I had to carry the dog since animals aren't allowed on the pier. Walked out 3/4 of a mile. That's as far as you can walk anymore. Back in the day the pier extended 3 1/2 miles out into the San Francisco Bay. Pretty impressive. Sailing ships of all sizes used to dock all up and down it during the California Gold Rush. Now you can just see the pilings sticking up out of the waves.
I went to ask how the fishing was. Guess it's still pretty bad since no one at all was out there. Another month or so and it will be standing room only along the railing. Free halibut fishing is quite a draw. I can't wait. For either the fishing or the eating. Halibut tops my list of best fish to grill and eat. Granted there's a huge list of fish I've never caught or eaten, but still..
While I was out there staring at the San Francisco skyline I was reminded of the fact that 97 years ago today, April 18, 1906, there was a massive earthquake that all but knocked that city down. I wonder if it's resilience or stupidity that made them build it back up and more.. heh. I've lived through a bunch of earthquakes. Big and tiny. Much rather be here than somewhere that floods regularly, or where you have to keep an eye out for those damn funnel cloud tornado things. Funny thing is, most people I talk to who aren't from around here do not at all agree with me. Apparently having the earth moving beneath their feet is some scary shit.


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I visited San Francisco a few years ago, really loved the place. Got a very intellectual feeling around it. Really enjoyed the Fisherman's Wharf. Only part that is not so good for me is the weather that is chilly and quite rainy right through the year. I was there in the summer and was glad I had taken some warm clothes with me as well. But still, I enjoyed the city very much. I stayed with my cousin, probably one of the nicest visits I've had with family in the US.

Didn't know about the quake however, so that's very interesting information for me.
deanhills on Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:15 pm
Resilience or stupidity? Probably both! Like building a house south of New Orleans where the land is below sea level then wondering why the house got floods so easy.
standready on Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:55 pm
standready wrote:
Resilience or stupidity? Probably both! Like building a house south of New Orleans where the land is below sea level then wondering why the house got floods so easy.
Slightly less dramatic but a 'less than sensible' woman from London bought a cut-price house (155,000) on an eroding clifftop not far from where I live, by telephone at auction, without viewing it or having any survey done.
Days after buying it the cliff collapsed further and it is now uninhabitable, slowly breaking up, awaiting a fall to the beach below. Most local people knew why the house was cheap at the auction, no bank would provide a mortgage for it.

Links if anyone is interested:
watersoul on Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:14 pm
oh my god, I can't believe I can't count. Worse, I went to the 100 year commemoration 7 years ago.

onebadpenny on Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:35 pm
Haha, that made me chuckle, I hadn't even noticed myself!
Didn't spoil the story though, it reminded me of a 'worlds worst natural disasters' book I read at school when I was about 9 or 10. The San Francisco earthquake was in that and I still remember the pictures.
watersoul on Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:43 pm
Thank you for sharing this. I have a question on what happened to the pier. Did the pier disappeared because of rising sea levels or is it that the pier was dug out in order to find gold?
twotrophy on Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:32 am
@twotrophy - the pier was built somewhere around 1800 (I think) from wood pilings and planks. Sailing ships and later steam vessels from around the world docked at the pier to offload immigrants, laborers, supplies and after 1849 gold seekers. Agricultural goods from california's fertile valleys were exported from there as well.
Anyway, it's the waters of the delta that did the pier in. The pilings are still visible extending way out into the bay. Gold was found about 85 miles inland. The gold laden Sacramento and American rivers do eventually empty out through the delta into the bay and it makes sense that the bay might still hold it's share of the precious metal. but as far as I know nobody has done any gold dredging out there. Hmmmm..... now that you mention it, I'm not doing anything next week.. Very Happy
onebadpenny on Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:14 am

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