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Quartermaster Warehouse and Power Plant

Sustaining the city in the bay

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, April 3, 2019
1. Quartermaster Warehouse and Power Plant Marker
Inscription.  
Throughout the military and penitentiary years, Alcatraz was much like a small town. Keeping the town going—and the convicts under control—depended on the uninterrupted service of the power plant to your left and the warehouse straight ahead. Because of the vital nature of these facilities, they were strictly off-limits to prisoners, unlike some operations on the island that relied on inmate labor.

Completed in 1912, the power plant generated the island's electricity and powered the pumps that provided fresh and salt water for all needs, including cooking, drinking, bathing, producing steam heat, irrigating the gardens, and fighting fires. The warehouse, built in 1921, stored essential supplies and equipment brought from the mainland, and provided workshop space. Today, both buildings serve many of the same functions.

"The operation of all activities within the institution relies wholly upon 24-hour services furnished by the power plant....No outside services are available."
Thomas Butterworth, Chief Mechanical Inspector, Bureau of Prisons, 1946
 
Erected by
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By Joel Seewald, April 3, 2019
2. Upper right image
Military Era, circa 1930
Chief Engineer William Elliott managed the power plant's transition when the military prison became a federal penitentiary.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 49.682′ N, 122° 25.455′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. This marker is near the north end of Alcatraz Island. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Officers' Club (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Not Just a Water Tower (about 300 feet away); The Morgue (about 300 feet away); Western Gulls (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scow Schooner Alma (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hicks Engine (approx. 1.2 miles away); Steering the Ship... (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Carpenter Shop... (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  Power Plant (Alcatraz). Wikipedia article (Submitted on May 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
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By Joel Seewald, April 3, 2019
3. Lower right image
Penitentiary Era, circa 1935
The warehouse's rooftop once served as a navigational aid for aviators.
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Library of Congress
4. Power Plant
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Library of Congress
5. Quartermaster Warehouse
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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