Shacks a stark reminder of 1906 earthquake

Cottages helped shelter 225,000 left homeless after San Francisco's 'big one'

It’s easy to pass them by without a second glance — a pair of small, green wooden shacks sitting side by side at the Fifth Street Marina in Oakland, Calif.

But these nondescript dwellings are noteworthy, because they’re among the last surviving examples of more than 5,600 temporary homes thrown up in haste as winter approached in the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.