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.
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.
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.
Collection is open for research.