SAN FRANCISCO GASLIGHT COMPANY.
One of the most important of San Francisco's great institutions is
the San Francisco Gaslight Company, whose equipment, plant and utilities
are the largest of all the lighting companies west of the Missouri river.
This company, during the year, moved into its handsome property on Post
street near Powell, where its offices are now located. the manufacturing
department is located at the foot of Laguna
street, and having sufficient water front and dock privileges to permit
the largest vessels to lie at its wharves. At that place also are the big
petroleum tank and retort house located. The company has really a double
plantthe one at the pointed named, and anotheran older
oneat the Potrero.
This large expenditure was made in order that in case of the destruction
of one of these plants, the other would afford all the service the company's
patrons would require. The efforts of the company have always been to furnish
to private individuals and the city the best quality of illuminating gas
possible and at the lowest cost. That this had been done the excellent
quality of the gas furnished, and the low rate of interest paid to the
stockholders, readily attest.
The use of this illuminant has steadily increased, and gas is now largely
employed for cooking as well as lighting purposes. It is much better than
coal for the culinary department, because it is always ready, is clean,
and is a great deal more economical, for the company make its cost as low
as possible. The large and steady increase of gas for this purpose demonstrates
the wisdom of this policy4 per cent is a very low rate of interest
on an investment of this character, and yet this is about the average earnings
of the San Francisco Gaslight Company.
This company is progressive, and is constantly extending its mains
and increasing its serviceoften going to heavy expense in order
that remote districts may have the benefit and convenience of its lights
long before any return can be expected. It is progressive, and in its courteous
attention to the wants of its customers, the quality of service rendered,
and determination to give the best light and best possible for the least
money, are seen [as] evidences of a liberal and just policy toward all.
The San Francisco Gaslight Company is not only one of the largest of
the corporations doing business in this city, but, as well, one of the
most progressive and useful.
The Company has a full line of gas, cooking, and heating stoves, ranges,
broilers, and gas grates for private, hotel, and restaurant use, with water
backs complete. A large number of these gas heaters are in use, and information
concerning them will be cheerfully given at the Gas Stove Department, 226
San Francisco News Letter
Christmas Number, 1897
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