Alexis Madrigal excavated a gem of an essay, "The City That Has Fallen" by William Marion Reedy, about the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906:
Will Frisco stay fallen? No. A new Frisco shall up–rear itself and laugh at the sea, and when old Atlas again shifts the globe a little on his shoulders–it will laugh and dance and fight and drink and make love as before and be proud that among its other claims to greatness is that of having met and conquered a calamity that stilled and chilled the whole world's heart for a day.
(Photo of a refugee camp, from the California Historical Society)