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Huntington Beach in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Site of the S.R. Bowen Buildings

1920-1989

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, September 29, 2012
1. Site of the S.R. Bowen Buildings Marker
Inscription. Three industrial buildings were located at 1980 Lake Street and were operated by Samuel R. Bowen and his partner, Sisti Siracusa, as the S.R. Bowen Company and the Bowen Fishing Tool Company. The S.R. Bowen Company was founded in 1920 and was credited with numerous developments of tools used in oil production in Southern California and worldwide. Some noteworthy tools produced included the Bowen L&L Spear (used to retrieve pipe from oil wells). The S.R. Bowen Company remained in Huntington Beach until the mid 1950's when they moved to Santa Fe Springs, CA.

The S.R. Bowen industrial buildings were lcoally significant because of the elaborate, interior exposed wood truss roof supports and corrugated metal ("Tin"), exterior siding and roofing. The buildings contained machine, welding and blacksmith shops, warehouse space and offices. The buildings were constructed in 1920-1928 and dismantled in July 1989.

Samuel Redman Bowen was born in Martinez, CA and spent his early life in the San Francisco area. he came to Huntington Beach from Coalinga, CA in 1920. In 1928 he was elected Mayor of the City and served one term. he was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Huntington Beach American Legion Post. He was also a past president of both the Huntington Beach Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. Samuel Bowen died
Site of the S.R. Bowen Buildings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, September 29, 2012
2. Site of the S.R. Bowen Buildings Marker
on August 6, 1944.

Presented to the City of Huntington Beach by the Huntington Beach Company - 1989
 
Erected 1989 by The Huntington Beach Company.
 
Location. 33° 40.697′ N, 117° 59.871′ W. Marker is in Huntington Beach, California, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of Yorktown Avenue and Lake Street, on the right when traveling east on Yorktown Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntington Beach CA 92648, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Auditorium and Tower (approx. mile away); Newland House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Scout Cabin (approx. 0.7 miles away); 126 Main Street (approx. 1.4 miles away); Duke Kahanamoku (approx. 1.5 miles away); Courreges Ranch (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Bluff (approx. 1.9 miles away); Helm Tract (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntington Beach.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
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By Michael Kindig, September 29, 2012
3. Site of the S.R. Bowen Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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