This is a view from Corona Heights Park. The treed area on the left is Buena Vista Park. The pale pink building ahead is the second iteration of St. Joseph's Hospital. The hospital was founded by the Catholic Church at this location in 1899. This building opened in 1928. It accepted patients regardless of religion or nationality and was known as the working man's hospital. The hospital permanently closed in 1979 due to a decrease in the number of patients, and the concern about the vulnerability of the building in case of a massive earthquake. The building has since been structurally strengthened, and it is now a residential condominium community known as Park Hills Condominiums. This view is looking north.
This is a view looking west from Corona Heights Park. A portion of Twin Peaks is visible on the left, and Mount Sutro can be seen on the right.
This is another view from near the summit of Corona Heights Park. This view is looking east.
This was the site of a brickmaking factory when Corona Heights Park was known as Rocky Hill. The factory was established in 1899. The factory buildings were destroyed during the 1906 earthquake; the factory was promptly rebuilt.
This is a view from Corona Heights Park looking south.
On 19 March 1868, Alfred Nobel personally licensed the Giant Powder Company of San Francisco to produce and distribute dynamite to the companies and individuals who were searching for gold in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The gold diggings were approximately 150 miles east of San Francisco. The Giant Powder Company built the first dynamite factory in San Francisco's Glen Canyon. Less than two years after Giant Powder Company began production of dynamite, a massive explosion destroyed the factory and killed two men and injured nine people working in the factory.
The Giant Powder Company manufacturing facility was moved to Fleming Point near Berkeley in 1879. In January 1883 there was a massive explosion at the Fleming Point factory. 37 Chinese workers, in addition to the assistant superintendent, were killed in the explosions.
This is how the New York Times reported the 1883 explosions:
"There was a terrific explosion this morning at the works of the Giant Powder Company in West Berkeley across the bay from San Francisco. Seven distinct shocks were felt, and 300 tons of giant powder brought death and destruction to the immediate neighborhood and caused great damage to Oakland and San Francisco. People for some moments, in both cities, were panic-stricken."
The factory buildings were rebuilt, and production continued at Fleming Point for approximately a decade before yet another explosion occurred at the Fleming Point site on 9 July 1892. The general foreman later claimed that the explosion involved more than one million pounds of explosives. This is how the New York Times reported the 9 July 1892 explosion:
"Immediately after the explosion, the town of West Berkeley from a distance resembled the site of an actual volcano. Dozens of private houses in the vicinity were partially destroyed and all along the road from Oakland to West Berkeley Station were damaged buildings."
Five men were killed, and more than a dozen people were injured. Giant Powder Company then moved to Point Pinole, an isolated area located north of Berkeley. In 1960 the Giant Powder Company ceased manufacturing dynamite.
This was the site of the original Giant Powder Company dynamite manufacturing factory. It is now a playground located in the lower area of Glen Canyon Park. The recreation center building seen in the photo was constructed by the Works Progress Administration in 1937.
Here is a view looking north from the top of Glen Canyon. Sutro Tower is seen ahead.
This is a scene from a playground located in the Sunnyside neighborhood of San Francisco.
Here is a view looking southwest from the Sunnyside neighborhood of San Francisco.
This is a view of San Bruno Mountain. The location is Yerba Buena Avenue.
This photo was taken on the grounds of San Francisco State University. This library building is the current home of the Adolph Sutro library.
The next three photographs are of houses located in the St Francis Wood neighborhood of San Francisco.
St Francis Wood.
St Francis Wood.
This is a flowering Leucospermum Pincushion plant; it is native to southern Africa.