San Francisco, California audio tour: Heroes of the Earthquake

About the Tour

In 1906 San Francisco experienced an earthquake like nothing in living memory. Four days of fires left much of the city in ruins, but thanks to Lt. Frederick Freeman the waterfront was saved.

Explore the Ferry Building and hear the stories of San Francisco's history and this unsung hero in this tour by William Perez and Rachel Erickson. It is part of the Bethlehem Ship Yard's San Francisco Earthquake memorial celebrations.

Thanks to Gladys and Richard Hansen from the Museum of the City of San Francisco and to the Port of San Francisco for their help with this tour.

Tour Producer


Bethlehem Shipyard Museum

We are a not-for-profit museum whose MISSION is to connect the past with the future by preserving the history of the industrialization of the San Francisco Bay Area from 1849 to the present and honoring the dignity and value of the skilled labor that made it possible.

Major Landmarks

  • Ferry Building

  • San Francisco

Directions to Starting Point

This tour begins at the front entrance of the Ferry Building by the steps to the second floor.

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Places to stop along the way

The Ferry Building offers a wide range of tasty treats to enjoy before or after the tour.

You may also wish to visit the Lieutenant Freeman Exhibition on the second floor of the Ferry Building on 18th April from 10am-2pm.

Best time of day

This tour is best done in daylight hours.


Keep an eye on your belongings. At the weekends be prepared for extra crowds for the farmer's market.


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