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Augustus Jesse Bowie Jr. is one of the neighborhood’s original pioneers. Bowie leveraged his many electrical engineering patents as founder of The Bowie Switch Company, now the site of 815 Tennessee. The large-capacity electrical switches he designed helped spread electrification throughout the West Coast during the early 20th century, including the Hoover Dam, Grand Coulee Dam, as well as the San Francisco metro area.
Having survived the 1906 earthquake relatively unscathed, Dogpatch has some of the oldest houses and structures in San Francisco, some dating from as far back as the 1860s. The area has served as a home to industry and innovation for over a century, with shipbuilders, steel mills, and electrical component manufacturers dotting the landscape.