John Vonderlin: Dyn-O-Mite!!!

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[In past posts, John has been wondering whether the tunnels he’s been discovering on the South Coast are natural or man-made, and whether the 1906 railroad, WWII military or 1950s highway builders kept their supplies, including dynamite inside the beach enclosures. Angelo Misthos, who is very knowledgeable on the history of the  Ocean Shore Railroad, has brought a lot of new information to the conversation.]
Hi June,
Hope things are going well. Batten down the hatches. It is gonna
rain buckets. The article I appended below covers some of the same
matters I saw in the video pieces about the dynamite that I mentioned.
I think it was about this time, 2006, the 100th anniversary of The
Quake, that I remember tons of these background stories being produced.
I spent the morning going through 1,000 hits on
for Ocean Shore Railroad(only 88K to go, though I got most of the
relevant ones) and gathered about 150 articles for my timeline. Their
Search feature is an odd one that is made worse by the computer
recognition system. The same word in different headlines’ titles,
depending on the clarity of the scan, can be “read” as having different
letters or worse(numbers, punctuation). That changes the order the
search feature posts the articles. This really happens badly with the
old faded newspapers, which were only minimally involved with the OSR
search. Enjoy. John
Here’s the link to the great article John found:

The Great Quake: 1906-2006

The dynamite disaster

Carl Nolte, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, April 13, 2006

To read Carl Nolte’s article, please click here

[I have an “odd” book about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake & fire provocatively titled: “Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror.” The author is Bishop Fallow, and he writes about other natural disasters, including the volcano Vesuvius. There are a few interesting photos, but frankly the captions are more interesting.

Here’s one about the earthquake & dynamite. The photo–I know it’s very tiny–doesn’t really match the caption.


Caption: “Automobiles carrying dynamite. The military authorities requisitioned motor cars and in fact all vehicles that were available, in order to transport dynamite quickly to points where it was most needed. Building on the left is ruins of Masonic Temple.”



Hi June,
Following is an excerpt from Wikipedia about Bishop Fallow. He wrote the Foreward to the San Francisco book. It is available free online to read at Google.books and several other sites. (Gutenberg project website URL is below) I’ve also attached a ScreenShot of the page for the prospectus of this manuscript.
Samuel Fallows (December 13, 1835 – September 5, 1922) was an American clergyman. Fallows was born in England and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1859. During the American Civil War, he fought in the Union Army. He was a Methodist pastor following the war, though in 1875 he joined the Reformed Episcopal Church, where he became a bishop in 1876. He was a public figure notable for his efforts in public education, prison reform, and the temperance movement.[1][2]

The Project Gutenberg EBook of Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror, by
Richard Linthicum and Trumbull White and Samuel Fallows

This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with
almost no restrictions whatsoever.  You may copy it, give it away or
re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included
with this eBook or online at

Title: Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror

Author: Richard Linthicum
Trumbull White
Samuel Fallows

Release Date: August 21, 2008 [EBook #26380]

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