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

Site of Pump House - Peet Brothers/Colgate Palmolive

Berkeley History

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
1. Site of Pump House Marker
Inscription. In the early 20th century, a thriving manufacturing district grew up in southwest Berkeley. This is the site of a former saltwater pump house, located on what was once the east shoreline of San Francisco Bay. The pumps supplied water used in the production of soap at the Peet Brothers Soap Company plant located a quarter of a mile from here. Remnants of the saltwater pipelines are visible on the west embankment of the Southern Pacific railway track. The Peet Company, which began in 1916, later merged with Colgate and Palmolive. The plant continued to manufacture soap, glycerin, detergents, cosmetics, and related products until it closed in 1982. In 2000, Bayer Corporation purchased the plant property and constructed this platform and walkway. They have donated it to the City of Berkeley for public enjoyment.
 
Erected 2004 by City of Berkeley Waterfront Commission/ Berkeley Historical Plaques Project.
 
Location. 37° 51.314′ N, 122° 17.855′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from San Francisco Bay Trail near Shellmound Street. Click for map. This marker is located in Berkeley's Aquatic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Berkeley CA 94710, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
2. Site of Pump House Marker
markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Philadelphia Quartz Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frances Albrier (approx. 0.8 miles away); Workingman’s Hall (approx. 0.9 miles away); Spenger’s Fish Grotto (approx. 0.9 miles away); Harpoon Cannon (approx. 0.9 miles away); Delaware Street Historic District (approx. one mile away); Church of the Good Shepherd (approx. one mile away); Longfellow School (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
3. Site of Pump House Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 554 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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