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Before the earthquake, some city officials wanted to move the Chinese to Hunters Point and to obtain Chinatown’s valuable land

Rare images of San Francisco's Chinatown before the 1906 earthquake

Before the earthquake, some city officials wanted to move the Chinese to Hunters Point and to obtain Chinatown’s valuable land

31 Beautiful Photos Of Life In San Francisco's Chinatown In The '50s

31 Beautiful Photos Of Life In San Francisco's Chinatown In The '50s

Genthe captured local men and life on the street in Chinatown...

Rare images of San Francisco's Chinatown before the 1906 earthquake

On April 18 in 1906, with a magnitude of 7.8, an earthquake and a series of fires rocked San Francisco and brought Chinatown down

Rare images of San Francisco's Chinatown before the 1906 earthquake

On April 18 in 1906, with a magnitude of 7.8, an earthquake and a series of fires rocked San Francisco and brought Chinatown down

San Francisco attracted the Chinese labor community as a result of the 1848 Gold Rush and western expansion of the railroads

Rare images of San Francisco's Chinatown before the 1906 earthquake

San Francisco attracted the Chinese labor community as a result of the 1848 Gold Rush and western expansion of the railroads

"Some day the whole city will burn up. There'll never be another Chinatown like this one, and you have its only picture record." -  Will Irwin, friend of Arnold Genthe

Rare photos of San Francisco's Chinatown, before the earthquake

"Some day the whole city will burn up. There'll never be another Chinatown like this one, and you have its only picture record." - Will Irwin, friend of Arnold Genthe

"Their First Photograph”... Two girls holding hands next to construction rubble. From Arnold Genthe’s Photographs of San Francisco’s Old Chinatown.

"Their First Photograph”... Two girls holding hands next to construction rubble. From Arnold Genthe’s Photographs of San Francisco’s Old Chinatown.

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