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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Nov 7, 21
Edited on:Nov 7, 21
Postmark: Oct 28, 1886
Origin: San Francisco, UNITED STATES
Destination: Laurel, Santa Cruz County, California, UNITED STATES

1885 1c brown on buff postal card (UX8) with "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 28, 86" duplex postmark to Laurel P.O., Santa Cruz County, Cal., from two children to their mother who is staying at the long-vanished Hotel de Redwood. The town of Laurel is presently a ghost town. Laurel post office was operation 1882-1953. The area was seriously affected by the April 18, 1906 earthquake, largely because the San Andreas Fault passes through the mountains there. There were numerous offsets and fissures, resulting in damage to the rails, bridges, and tunnels. Homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed as well. The village of Laurel no longer exists. The deserted townsite is 67 miles south of San Francisco, just south of San Jose.

Postal card dated Oct. 27, 86 (Wednesday).  At top is written: "Did you feel the earthquake down there just now, half past nine. Wed. eve. Not very hard."  The website of the City of San Francisco, has the article "San Francisco Earthquake History 1880-1914". It reports "October 15, 1886: There was an earthquake at about 10 p.m." No less than eight earthquakes were reported occuring in 1886 alone.

Owner's ID: 2560
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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