Format Film, Video
Dates 1906
Location California
San Francisco
Language English
Subjects Army
California
Cavalry
Disaster Relief
Earthquakes
Fires
History
Mules
Pack Animals (Transportation)
San Francisco
San Francisco (Calif.)
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif.
United States
Title
Army pack train bringing supplies. /
Created / Published
United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1906.
Subject Headings
-  Disaster relief--California--San Francisco
-  San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906
-  Earthquakes--California--San Francisco
-  Fires--California--San Francisco
-  Pack animals (Transportation)--California--San Francisco
-  Mules--California--San Francisco
-  United States.--Army.--Cavalry
-  San Francisco (Calif.)--History
Notes
-  Copyright: no reg.
-  Duration: 1:46 at 15 fps.
-  Photographed: 1906. Location: San Francisco, California.
-  This film 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 city. The Army played a major role in relief and refugee operations. In the first weeks after the fire, food, water, tents, blankets, medical supplies, and hay for horses, were the principal needs. To pay for these supplies, Congress appropriated nearly $2.5 million in emergency aid for San Francisco. An estimated 300,000 people were camped out in late April, but the number had dropped to 25,000 by July, and emergency relief switched to long-term care in the substantial camps of "earthquake cottages."
-  The following is a scene-by-scene description of the film: [Frame: 0276] The first segment shows a series of loaded mule trains, guided by mules and horses. Many soldiers ride two-to-a-horse (or mule), possibly to facilitate quick unloading of supplies. Note the "Rough Rider"-style hats worn by many of the men. The dusty location is unclear; if the tower in the right distance is St. Boniface Church, the view could be west on Golden Gate Avenue from Van Ness Avenue. Note the young soldier approaching the camera [1093]. [1843] The second scene shows what are probably the same mule trains passing through an unburnt neighborhood. The row of Victorian homes, the distant slope, and the church on the hill suggest a possible view east on Geary Street from near Webster Street. If the location is correct, the supplies could be headed for the Hamilton Park refugee camp or for the Presidio supply center. Pack trains such as this were the quickest and most efficient method of transporting large amounts of supplies through the hilly and rubble-filled streets west of the docks.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Received: 3/23/1959 from USDA film lab; ref print, dupe neg and arch pos; purchase; Kleine (George) Collection.
Medium
1 reel (40 ft) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. ref print.
1 reel (40 ft) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. dupe neg.
1 reel (40 ft) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. arch pos.
Call Number
FLA 1369 (ref print)
FRA 3534 (dupe neg)
FRA 3533 (arch pos)
Repository
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
lcmp003 m3b31725 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/lcmp003.m3b31725
Library of Congress Catalog Number
00694429
http://lccn.loc.gov/00694429


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