#1002-1 Site of Giant Powder Company (Point Pinole)


#1002-1 Site of Giant Powder Company (Point Pinole)

Site information:

Giant and Atlas Rds, Richmond. Plaque at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline parking lot.

Nothing remains of this site, as far as I know.


Plaque information:

State plaque

Plaque text:

Site of Giant Powder Company

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 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.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the East Bay Regional Park District, November 18, 1992.