Unfinished History


This incinerator in the former wetlands of Islais creek between Potrero Hill and Bernal Heights was supposed to solve San Francisco's solid waste disposal problems in the early 1920s. But it never worked, and after Brisbane Lagoon was taken over for San Francisco's landfill the incinerator was eventually demolished.

Photo: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

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Incinerator under construction in 1912, with east slope of Bernal Heights behind to the west.

Photo: courtesy


View West from about Evans and Marin. Twin Peaks, Peralta Heights, Islais Creek Incinerator smokestack and Isolation Hospital (Army and De Haro) in background. Houses on northeast ridge of Bernal Heights, background left. Jun 15 1923.

Photo: wnp36.03062

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