Site of the S.R. Bowen Buildings

Site of the S.R. Bowen Buildings (HM14O3)

Location: Huntington Beach, CA 92648 Orange County
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N 33° 40.697', W 117° 59.871'

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Three industrial buildings were located at 1980 Lake Street and were operated by Samuel R. Bowen and his partner, Sisti Siracusa, as the S.R. Bowen Company and the Bowen Fishing Tool Company. The S.R. Bowen Company was founded in 1920 and was credited with numerous developments of tools used in oil production in Southern California and worldwide. Some noteworthy tools produced included the Bowen L&L Spear (used to retrieve pipe from oil wells). The S.R. Bowen Company remained in Huntington Beach until the mid 1950's when they moved to Santa Fe Springs, CA.

The S.R. Bowen industrial buildings were lcoally significant because of the elaborate, interior exposed wood truss roof supports and corrugated metal ("Tin"), exterior siding and roofing. The buildings contained machine, welding and blacksmith shops, warehouse space and offices. The buildings were constructed in 1920-1928 and dismantled in July 1989.

Samuel Redman Bowen was born in Martinez, CA and spent his early life in the San Francisco area. he came to Huntington Beach from Coalinga, CA in 1920. In 1928 he was elected Mayor of the City and served one term. he was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Huntington Beach American Legion Post. He was also a past president of both the Huntington Beach Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. Samuel Bowen died on August 6, 1944.

Presented to the City of Huntington Beach by the Huntington Beach Company - 1989
HM NumberHM14O3
Year Placed1989
Placed ByThe Huntington Beach Company
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 10:22pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 407502 N 3726932
Decimal Degrees33.67828333, -117.99785000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 40.697', W 117° 59.871'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 40' 41.82" N, 117° 59' 52.26" W
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Area Code(s)714, 760, 949, 562
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 600-648 Yorktown Ave, Huntington Beach CA 92648, US
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