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"Refugees in Jefferson Square."
 

Construction:  David Neufer
Film Source:  Library of Congress


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Video Access & Further Information - Film One


Intertitle: "Refugees in Jefferson Square."  This segment gives an excellent view of the informal, egalitarian atmosphere of a typical San Francisco earthquake refugee camp in the weeks following the earthquake and fire.

Jefferson Square was and is a public park at the edge of the burnt area, a few blocks northwest of the ruined City Hall. One of the city's better run camps, it housed refugees from adjacent Hayes Valley. The park covers an area equal to four city blocks and is bounded by Laguna, Eddy and Gough streets, and Golden Gate Avenue. It is bisected by Turk Street and has a flat southern half (now Hayward Playground) and a sloping northern half in which this segment was filmed. The park is little changed today but the row of Victorian homes seen along Eddy Street is gone.

 

The pan was filmed from right-to-left (east-to-north) on the curving central path near the west side of the park. The fixed view section was probably filmed further east along the same path, looking east from near the center of the park.

 

Note the "102" on the Army-issued umbrella tent. A couple are busy tightening the tent ropes. Signs on a ramshackle structure suggest a possible public convenience.

 

Small cooking grates line the path. Note the strong afternoon west wind blowing through the trees and the soldier with a cold. A woman is seen cooking at her stove on the north side of the path.

 

A doctor, carrying his bag, pauses to look back. The woman with the polka-dot blouse seems to be in charge of the grey tent at left, which may be a laundry. Note the homes on Eddy Street, north of the park, in the background.

 

An army officer gives some advice to a camp resident. A man sits dozing, holding a newspaper. Washing hangs on nearby makeshift clotheslines.