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Site of Giant Powder Company

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 26, 2016
1. Site of Giant Powder Company Marker
Inscription. Pt. Pinole is the last site of the Giant Powder Company, the first company in America to produce dynamite. Following devastating explosions at their San Francisco and Berkeley sites, the business moved to this isolated location in 1892. Incorporating the established Croatian community of Sobrante, the company town of Giant quickly grew into one of the north bay's industrial centers. Explosives were produced here until 1960 and were essential to mining, dam and other construction projects throughout the western hemisphere.
 
Erected 1992 by California Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the East Bay Regional Park District. (Marker Number CHL 1002-1.)
 
Location. 37° 59.516′ N, 122° 21.376′ W. Marker is in Richmond, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from Giant (Highway) Road near Atlas Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5550 Giant Highway, San Pablo CA 94806, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. California & Nevada Railroad (approx. 2.8 miles away); Ranchos to Ranches (approx. 2.9 miles away); First Supermarket/Foster's Freeze
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By Barry Swackhamer, April 26, 2016
2. Site of Giant Powder Company Marker
(approx. 2.9 miles away); Park Theatre (approx. 2.9 miles away); Arrival of the Strip Mall (approx. 2.9 miles away); El Sobrante's First Bank (approx. 3 miles away); Cowboy Country (approx. 3 miles away); El Sobrante's First Full-service Post Office (approx. 3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is near the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline parking lot.
 
Also see . . .  Giant Powder Company -- SF Found. Dynamite fundamentally changed the way engineering projects were planned and executed, quickly becoming the most popular explosive in the world. It was more powerful, more efficient and less costly than traditional methods. Dynamite had become essential for civil projects that tamed mountains for roadways and railways, captured water for major metropolitan areas, removed trees and boulders for agriculture, and bored deeper into the earth for mining. (Submitted on April 28, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
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3. Handle With Care!
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 28, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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