Thursday, February 26, 2009

California Historical Landmark #1002-1

Site of Giant Powder Company
California State Historical Landmark #1002-1

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This landmark is located on the Northwest corner of San Pablo Boulevard and Church Lane, San Pablo, California. There are 14 other California State Historical Landmarks in Contra Costa County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 37° 59.517 W 122° 21.376.

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Point 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 Sobrente, 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.


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