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Clarke's (Alfred) Water Works photograph album
PC PA 225  
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Description
Photograph album containing 25 albumen prints of views of Clarke's Water Works, San Francisco, taken by James W. Walton between 1890-1891. The photograph album documents Alfred Clarke's early San Francisco water company, Clarke's Water Works, located in the Glen Park and Eureka Valley neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Background
Alfred Clarke arrived in San Francisco in 1850 from Ireland. After a failed attempt at striking it rich in the gold country of Nevada County, Clarke returned to San Francisco and began work with the San Francisco Police Department. He built his mansion in Eureka Valley at Douglass Street and Caselli Avenue. An ongoing fued with his neighbor, Behrend Joost, prompted him to start Clarke's Water Works in 1891, a service that supplied water to Eureka Valley residents and competed with Joost's Mountain Spring Water Company. Clarke died in San Francisco in 1902.
Extent
1.23 linear feet
Restrictions
Materials in this collection, which were created in 1890-1891, are in the public domain in the United States. Permission to publish or reproduce is not required.
Availability
Collection is open for research.