We’ve all heard the story of the golden fire hydrant in the Mission, the one credited with saving much of of the city from fires resulting from the 1906 earthquake.

A big component of the 1906 earthquake anniversary celebrations is a ceremonial repainting of the hydrant by survivors of that long-ago quake. Appeal videographer Cassidy Friedman was on hand Saturday not just to capture the moment, but to separate the facts from the myth of the Little Giant. — Eve Batey

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  • City Guides

    To learn more about the history of the Mission Dolores Neighborhood join San Francisco City Guides every Sunday at 11 am at the famous gold-painted fire hydrant. Al Lopez, featured in the video, leads tours of the neighborhood for City Guides.

    San Francisco City Guides is a program of the San Francisco Public Library that conducts free walking tours (donations appreciated) spotlighting San Francisco history, architecture, legends and lore. Over 40 different tours are available year round in addition to special seasonal tours. Visit our web site at http://www.sfcityguides.org or call 415-557-4266 for more information.

  • City Guides

    To learn more about the history of the Mission Dolores Neighborhood join San Francisco City Guides every Sunday at 11 am at the famous gold-painted fire hydrant. Al Lopez, featured in the video, leads tours of the neighborhood for City Guides.

    San Francisco City Guides is a program of the San Francisco Public Library that conducts free walking tours (donations appreciated) spotlighting San Francisco history, architecture, legends and lore. Over 40 different tours are available year round in addition to special seasonal tours. Visit our web site at http://www.sfcityguides.org or call 415-557-4266 for more information.