During the aftermath of the quake, city bankers were fearful of attack by looters. Amadeo Peter Giannini as head of the Bank of Italy, took pouches of gold and silver, as well as the building’s fixtures, dumped them into two produce wagons, and drove to his brother’s house in San Mateo, where he stuffed the bags of gold and silver in the ash trap of the fireplace. Charles Crocker hired a launch to take boxes and bags of loot out into the bay where they sat until things calmed down. And two tellers of the Anglo California Bank carted one million dollars in negotiable bonds in a wheelbarrow down Market Street to the Ferry Building.

1906 street of banks time of quake

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