Clipped From Evening Sentinel
THE POWDER WORKS. During its entire existence the Powder Works had only four Superintendents prior to the appointment of Robt. Robinson. Mr. Old held the position first and was followed by Mr. Willard, Mr. Johnson and Col. Peyton, 'lhe Fowder Works were founded in 1SCI. Up to that time Eastern manufacturers, intent upon gain, and without inter- est in the then new mining region, had parceled out the California trade and combined in charging high prices. sometimes as high as $13 per keg, and that, too, for powder impaired in strength by a six months' sea voyage. It having become evident that this monopoly retarded the development of lhe mines and riisnmi.-ntrp.i nnhiic im. provements, some gentlemen identified with the State united, under the lead cf Capt. John H. Baird of San Fran cisco to erect a powder plant upon our own soil, to be operated in the Inter- est of California. Such was the origin of the California Powder Works. The plaeing of the Santa Cruz powder on the market rescued California from the grasp of Eastern manufacturers, prac- iically driving them out from every Held within reach from Alaska to Mexico; from the ocean to the Rocky Mountains. The vast mineral wealth of the State became more freely devel- oped. Great aid was given to railroad construction, for the powder was large- 2y used for blasting purposes. The in- crease of the plant from time to time in order to accommodate the demand is a matter of local history.