Peninsula Living: Answer: The Pulgas Water Temple

Peninsula Living: The Pulgas Water Temple

Located in the hills behind Woodside and Redwood City, CA, you'll find the stately Pulgas Water Temple. It was built by the San Francisco Water Department in 1938 to commemorate the completion of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct, which brings water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, across the state of California, to Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir, near which the Temple stands.

Many of our mid-Peninsula cities, including San Carlos, get all or part of their water supply from the Hetch Hetchy system, so the inscription near the top of the monument is especially appreciated, "I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people" [from Isaiah 43:20]

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Pulgas Water Temple, San Mateo County, CA

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 7 commentsLottie Kendall • January 19 2010 09:40AM


Wow, I had no idea this was up there! It does not look like a structure that we would find here in California!

Posted by Stephanie Reynolds, East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408 (Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. ) over 10 years ago

Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie. Our state is full of little surprises, isn't it?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

It is a great little piece of architecture and California history.

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) over 10 years ago

Hi Lottie, I missed the game but I loved seeing the monument and reading the lovely inscription! 

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

Hi Will -- glad you enjoyed it.

Carole, the inscription is really appealing in a semi-arid area (although not this week--we're getting clobbered with rain now)

This game is geared for local people, but perhaps all my friends here will enjoy the bits of history--I'll try to help you get a feel for my neck of the woods.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago


This is an interesting piece of architecture with an interesting history.


Thanks for sharing with the rest of us..



ps...sorry I missed the game ;)

Posted by Leander McClain, Cecil & Harford County Realtor over 10 years ago

Hello Leander,

This game is hard for anyone who doesn't live in the area, but if you enjoy snippets of local history and color, check in every month for the next one.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago