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

Site of Pump House - Peet Brothers/Colgate Palmolive

Berkeley History

 
 
Site of Pump House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
 
Location. 37° 51.314′ N, 122° 17.855′ 
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W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. It is in Aquatic Park. Marker can be reached from San Francisco Bay Trail near Shellmound Street. This marker is located in Berkeley's Aquatic Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berkeley CA 94710, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Philadelphia Quartz Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen (approx. half a mile away); San Pablo Tennis Club (approx. 0.7 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); Garden History (approx. 0.9 miles away); In Memoriam (NSGW WWI Memorial) (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Site of Pump House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
2. Site of Pump House Marker
Site of Pump House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, April 19, 2012
3. Site of Pump House Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 1,358 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 20, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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