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Posted by Ron Filion on Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 15:24:27 :

In Reply to: Irish Hill posted by Ralph Wilson on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 21:22:59 :

I found an article from the Riptides series by Robert O'Brien: "From Shovels to Ships"(San Francisco Chronicle, 21 October 1949, page 18):

"All that's left of Irish Hill lies in a corner of the San Francisco Yard of the Bethlehem Steel Co.'s shipbuilding division, on the southern waterfront near Twentieth and Illinois...It is a low bank lost among the Yard's warehouses and shops, and dominated, from the south, by the great Pacific Gas & Electric Co. gas holders just behond the Yard limits."

He discusses it a little more, than goes into the history of the "enterprising Irish pioneer Peter Donahue." Donahue founded the San Francisco Gas Co., one of the parent organizations of PG&E.

Further in the article, O'Brien writes, "In 1883, after it [H.J. Booth & Co.] became Prescott, Scott & Co., the iron works moved south along the waterfront to its 32-acre site at the base of Irish Hill." This company eventually gets bought by Bethlehem Steel Corporation around 1903.


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