Tuesday, May 6, 2008
The TITANIC of San Fransisco
The Palace Hotel was built in San Fransisco and opened on October 2, 1875. Due to the recent earthquake in 1869, the Palace Hotel was made both earthquake-proof and fire-proof with steel framework and stone exterior. It was the largest hotel in the world with 775 rooms. It was later considered the safest place in San Fransisco and was named the Jewel of San Fransisco. In 1906, it was early morning and many in the Palace Hotel were asleep. Suddenly, there was great shaking and you heard the sounds of windows and glass breaking and things falling over. The Mayor of the city whom was ripping people off with taxes was staying at the Palace Hotel and he ran out of the building and sprinted towards his office. There was a fire storm raging and those suspected of looting were shot on sight. Eight hours after the earthquake, the Palace Hotel crumbled to the ground. How is this like the TITANIC ? The Palace Hotel was the largest and most beautiful hotel in the world and the TITANIC was the largest and most beautiful ship in the world. The Hotel sank to the ground and the TITANIC sank into the sea. The Hotel was destroyed in 1906 and the TITANIC sank in 1912. The Hotel had the Mayor of the city there and TITANIC had it's owner and architect on board. In my mind, nearly all disasters have a TITANIC in them at some instance if we just use our imagination.