Episode 17 – Pulgas Water Temple


In 1934, after years of fighting and arguing, San Francisco completed a dam in the Hetch Hetchy Valley – which would feed water through a series of rivers, pumps, and pipelines across the state to the bay area peninsula which would feed water to the city and county of San Francisco.  To honor this achievement for the people of the bay the San Francisco Water Department commissioned a structure be built at the end of the line where the water enters the Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir – the location, already a historical landmark for being one of the camping sites of the Portola Expedition, became what we now know as the Pulgas Water Temple.


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