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17715 - Woodmen of the World Float-Parade of Frat. Ins. Societies along Van Ness Ave. on Way to Exposition Grounds,
Panama-Pacific Int. Exp., San Francisco, Calif.

Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, Calif. is at once one of the main thoroughfares of the city and the most popular route over which visitors to the exposition may pass. The Van Ness entrance to the grounds is at the eastern side at that part of the Exposition known as "The Zone."

Van Ness Avenue owing to its great width enabled the firemen to use it as a fire line at the time of the San Francisco disaster. The width of the street combined with the use of the salt-water pumped from the harbor made possible the first effective fighting against the fire that followed the earth-quake.

At the extreme southern end of this street is grouped that collection of buildings -the City Hall, the Auditorium and the Library-called "The Civic Center." On no other street in the city did the new plans of reconstruction count for so much as on Van Ness Avenue.

The view here given shows a unique float of the Woodmen of the World in the Parade of the Fraternal Societies. The float represents one of California's Big Trees, and is extremely typical of the emblematic features of the fraternal organizations.

Original Stereograph
©2001 Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123