Beach Station, San Francisco

The "Beach Station" in San Francisco was paired with a sister station in Honolulu for trans-Pacific communications.  The station was operated by the Poulsen Wireless Telegraph Company of Arizona, after 1910 known as the Federal Telegraph Company.  Both stations used high powered Poulsen arc transmitters.

The first two photos of the station come from a pamphlet published by the John A. Roebling's Sons Company which made the steel rope and the 50,000 feet of phosphor bronze antenna wire.  The antenna towers were each 440 feet tall according to the pamphlet.

The station was located on the beach on 48th Avenue between Noriega and Ortega streets.  This location is now covered with housing. 



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This wide view of the Beach Station looking west shows both towers, the operations building and possibly a residence building to the left.

In this closer view we see details of the operations building and what looks like a breaking wave to the right.  The western end of San Francisco was a wild and barren land of sand dunes at the time.

This photo of the Beach Station shows a larger operations building, perhaps from a later time in the station's history.

Aerial photo of the western edge of San Francisco showing the Beach Station masts at the upper right.  Photo courtesy of the Facebook page of Michael Semas

Close up of the section of the aerial photo showing the Beach Station masts.  Photo courtesy of the Facebook page of Michael Semas

The towers fall at the Beach station