Take a Peek Inside This Antique Pump House

Old systems inside San Francisco's Pump House 2 were designed in the early 1900s and still function today.

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Pump House 2's old colorful pumps were built in the early 1900s and still function as they did originally. They are considered San Francisco's last line of defense in a disaster.
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Old systems inside San Francisco's Pump House 2 were designed in the early 1900s and still function today.
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Pump House 2 sits at the Northern edge of Van Ness Avenue near the bay where it can siphon sea water to a fire emergency.
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Most systems in Pump House 2 are original.
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A set of low-tech tools reflect the low-tech nature of Pump House 2, which uses systems designed in the early 1900s.
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The old steam boilers were retired in the 1970s and replaced by diesel engines.
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Pump House 2 sits at the Northern edge of Van Ness Avenue near the bay where it can siphon sea water to a fire emergency.
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A city worker checks a gauge attached to Pump House 2's old turn-of-the-century pumps.
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Most systems in Pump House 2 are original.
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The pumps were built in the early 1900s and still function as they did originally.
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A set of old dials remain in service from 1908 when construction on the building began.
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Many dials in the pump house remain in service from 1908 when construction on the building began.
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The old steam boilers were retired in the seventies and replaced by diesel engines.
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