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Woodside in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

A Monument to Water

 
 
A Monument to Water Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 15, 2016
1. A Monument to Water Marker
Captions: (left) Notice anything odd about this photo? This photograph features a temporary 'temple' built for the media. When pristine Hetch Hetchy water finally reached the Peninsula, everyone wanted to celebrate the moment of its arrival. Therefore San Francisco erected a temporary stucture that remained in place until the completion of the current temple in 1938.; (center) The Plugas Water Temple was designed in the Beaux Arts style by William Merchant, a San Francisco architect trained by Bernard Maybeck. Merchant's design features fluted columns and Corinthian capitals that reflect the historical influence of Roman engineering on the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System.; (right) This temple is a monument to the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System and the reliable, high-quality water it carries.
Inscription. Here on October 28, 1934, an eager audience celebrated the roar of Hetch Hetchy water as it rushed to the Peninsula for the first time. An adequate supply of high-quality drinking water was finally a reality for the Bay Area.
 
Erected by Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System.
 
Location. 37° 29.012′ N, 122° 19.021′ W. Marker is in Woodside, California, in San Mateo County. Marker can be reached from Caņada Road near Edgewood Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 80 Caņada Road, Redwood City CA 94062, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Filoli (approx. one mile away); Len Turner (approx. 1.9 miles away); Town of West Union (approx. 2 miles away); City of San Carlos Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.5 miles away); Ralston Hall (approx. 2.8 miles away); San Carlos Station (approx. 3.5 miles away); San Carlos Depot (approx. 3.5 miles away); The Last Stagecoach Hold-Up In San Mateo County (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Woodside.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Plugas Water Temple
 
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A Monument to Water Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 15, 2016
2. A Monument to Water Marker
The Plugas Water Temple is in the background.
 Hetch Hetchy - Wikipedia. In 1906, after a major earthquake and subsequent fire that devastated San Francisco, the inadequacy of the city's water system was made tragically clear. San Francisco applied to the United States Department of the Interior to gain water rights to Hetch Hetchy...In 1923, the O'Shaughnessy Dam was completed on the Tuolumne River, flooding the entire valley under the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.] The dam and reservoir are the centerpiece of the Hetch Hetchy Project, which in 1934 began to deliver water 167 miles (269 km) west to San Francisco and its client municipalities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. (Submitted on February 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Plugas Water Temple image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 15, 2016
3. Plugas Water Temple
Hetch Hetchy Valley before the Tuolumne River was dammed. image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia, circa early 1900
4. Hetch Hetchy Valley before the Tuolumne River was dammed.
Modern photograph of Hetch Hetchy Valley image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
5. Modern photograph of Hetch Hetchy Valley
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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