Currents Digital Currents January/February 2018 - Page 7

The Way It Was: Safeguarding the City from a Future Devastation by Fire On a crisp October day in 1934, San Franciscans converged at Pulgas Temple to cheer the first Sierra waters pouring into Crystal Springs Reservoir. The new 160-mile water system—spurred by the 1906 Earthquake and the three days of unstoppable fires that followed— took 20 years to build. But memories of the 1906 devastation remained. The sight of that plentiful new water reassured all who watched that their City would never burn again for lack of it. 7 currents | JANUARY/FEBRUARY NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 2017 SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE