Brief History & Status of Albion Castle, located in San Francisco's Indian Basin
From close by the Albion Castle is truly a beautiful place...
The Albion Castle was established as a historic landmark in 1974.
You can drive by it for years without even knowing it is there...I did!
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HUNTERS POINT NAVAL SHIPYARD & INDIAN BASIN
The Mountain Spring And Water Company
Water from the spring that runs into the caverns beneath the Albion Castle has been bottled as drinking water since the Albion Ale and Porter Brewery closed in 1919. The Mountain Spring And Water Company continued to bottle water from the springs located in the caverns beneath the Albion Castle into the 1990s. Here is a promotional photo from the Mountain Spring And Water Company entrance taken in 1961.
This water bottling operation was a major inconvenience to the Navy Shipyard operation, which can be construed by this text from the EPA's website article CALIFORNIA EPA ID# CA1170090087:
In 1987, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), trichloroethylene and other solvents, pesticides, petroleum hydrocarbons, and metals including lead were confirmed at a number of shipyard locations. This finding and the shipyard's proximity to an off-site drinking water source (the aquifer used by a water bottling company), resulted in the EPA placing Hunters Point Shipyard on the National Priorities List in 1989. However, subsequent Navy investigations indicate that the aquifers beneath Hunters Point Shipyard and those used by the water bottling company do not appear to be connected. In 1991, the Department of Defense listed the shipyard for closure.
The Hunter's Point Power Plant
The Hunter's Point Power Plant was first established in the 1930's. It is an oil-fired power plant. It is 'dirty' power plant and slated to be closed sometime in the near future. It will undoubtedly take many many years for the site it is on to be cleaned.
The Albion Castle