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Livermore in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

D. F. Bernal Building

Built Circa 1910

 
 
D. F. Bernal Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
1. D. F. Bernal Building Marker
Inscription. Constructed with bricks salvaged from the Livermore Brewery, built 1874, destroyed by fire 1908

City of Livermore Historic Preservation Landmark Site
Dedicated July 1996
 
Erected 1996 by City of Livermore.
 
Location. 37° 40.849′ N, 121° 46.145′ W. Marker is in Livermore, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and S K Street, on the right when traveling west on 2nd Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2152 2nd Street, Livermore CA 94550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carnegie Library (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Livermore Flagpole (about 400 feet away); Mills Square Flag Pole (about 500 feet away); Bank of Italy Building (about 600 feet away); First Presbyterian Church Memorial Chapel (about 700 feet away); Livermore Southern Pacific Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Livermore Town Hall Jail and Firehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veteran's Memorial Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Livermore.
 
Also see . . .  Livermore's Centennial Light. A history of the 100+ year old light bulb that was
D. F. Bernal Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
2. D. F. Bernal Building Marker
Just two blocks from here, on First Street, stood the Livermore Brewery, owned by Wendell Jordan from 1875 until he met his untimely death in January 1901 when he fell into a vat of boiling malt. Dennis F Bernal bought the brewery from his widow in June 1901. The brewery lasted until November 1908, when it was destroyed by fire. Bernal and his family, who had been living above the brewery, survived the fire, as did Mrs. Bernal's savings of $2,000 in gold coins, which had been hidden in a receptacle behind the chimney. The brewery's bricks found a second life in the construction of this building.
donated by Dennis Bernal to the Livermore Fire Department. (Submitted on April 12, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
D. F. Bernal Building - View from Southeast image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 5, 2009
3. D. F. Bernal Building - View from Southeast
Dennis Bernal is also known as the donor of what is (at least as of 2007 and certified in the Guinness Book of World Records) the oldest known working light bulb. In 1901, Bernal, the owner of the Livermore Power and Light Company, donated the 4-watt handblown bulb with carbon filament to Livermore's fire department.

The D.F. Bernal building is now the home of Tommie's Deli and Sandwiches.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,400 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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