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1925 - QUAKE LEVELS BIG COAST CITY. BUILDINGS DEMOLISHED IN SANTA BARBARA AND TOWN FLOODED WHEN BIG DAM AND WATER MAINS BREAK; HOTEL SPLITS AND COLLAPSES.
HEAVY LOSS OF LIFE REPORTED IN FAMOUS WINTER RESORT; LARGE BUSINESS BLOCKS DESTROYED BY TEMBLORS THAT ROCK ALL OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA; SHOCKS SWAY EDIFICES IN LOS ANGELES.
TEN MILLION LOSS.
Santa Barbara, June 29. - (AP) - Ten million dollars damage and twelve known dead and virtual destruction of most of the business buildings on State street resulted from the earthquake. Associated Press man first to use only phone available and sent in this information.
San Francisco, June 29. - (By the A.P.) - Santa Barbara, the picturesque little city, perched high above the ocean in Southern California, suffered disaster, the extent of which has not been determined, from an earthquake, which was general over Southern California shortly before 7 a.m. today, but which apparently struck lightly in other towns.
The Associated Oil Company received over private lines from Santa Maria, a report that many large buildings in Santa Barbara had been leveled...
Santa Barbara, whose situation has been compared to that of Naples, Italy, is a noted resort. Many wealthy persons from all parts of the country go there...
Santa Barbara, June 29. - Four persons are known to have been killed and from one hundred to three hundred were injured in the earthquake which shook this city this morning, damaging practically all structures in the city and wrecking several of the largest buildings.
The Santa Marcus building, largest business structure in the city, completely collapsed along one third of its length. The Hotel Arlington and the St. Francis hospital were practically destroyed. One of the four known dead are MRS. PERKINS, wife of a wealthy railroad man, was killed in the collapsed wing of a hotel. Three other bodies were found in the wreckage of business buildings in State street. They had not been identified at 11 a.m. The earthquake centered in the business district. The two severe shocks at 6:46 and 6:47 o'clock were followed by others of minor violence...
Phone Exchange Demolished.
San Francisco, June 29. - The main exchange of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph company at Santa Barbara was demolished by the earthquake this morning, information to San Francisco coming over a crippled wire said shortly after 9 a.m...
Famous Watering Place.
San Francisco, June 29 - (AP) - Santa Barbara, site of an old Franciscan mission, dating back to 1788, is one of the famous watering places of America. Its beautiful situation partly encircled by hills and mountains had given it the name of the Mettone of America.
It is 157 miles from San Francisco and 104 miles from Los Angeles.
Santa Barbara has been long noted for its tourist hotels and its mild climate, both of which features, drew thousands of visitors annually from all over the world. Early reports said that most of these hotels had been damaged or destroyed.
City Is Flooded.
Santa Barbara, June 29. - All of the brick buildings in Santa Barbara were demolished this morning, including the Arlington hotel, by the earthquake which swept the state and seemed to center its ferocity on this city.
Water mains were broken and the city was partly flooded...
Death List Grows.
San Francisco, June 29. - (AP) -- The Southern Pacific railroad company reports 65 dead at Santa Barbara as a result of the earthquake...
The Bismarck Tribune
Bismarck, North Dakota
June 29, 1925
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