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The Great Quake of 1868

San Leandro History Museum & Art Gallery

On the morning of October 21, 1868 the first “Great Quake” shocked the San Francisco Bay Area. In San Leandro the Alameda County Courthouse was destroyed; trapping prisoners in the basement and killing one man. Every chimney, but two crumbled under the force of the quake and many buildings suffered severe damage including the Estudillo residence and hotel – famous city landmarks in the 1860s, now vanished with time. The San Leandro History Museum 1868 earthquake exhibit shares images and experiences from the event to help paint a picture of how the small town was affected by the quake.


The exhibit will open on Saturday, May 31, 2008 and run through March of 2009.
Museum hours are Thursday through Sunday, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
On the opening day of the exhibit, May 31st, the museum will have special hours, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, for the San Leandro Cherry Festival.


San Leandro History Museum & Art Gallery
320 W. Estudillo, San Leandro, CA 94577


How San Leandro was affected by the earthquake in 1868.



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