• The Company Town Of Hercules Since it commenced operations in 1881, the principal activity at the Hercules powder works was the manufacture of dynamite and later black powder and TNT. The location was chosen for its isolation from population centers and its access to rail and water transportation. During the build-up related to World War I, additional houses and temporary ...
  • The Clubhouse, Like the Waterfront, Awaits Its Next Chapter The recent history of the Powder Works Clubhouse in many ways mirrors Hercules itself. It has seen better days. Then worse days. Then better days again. And these days? Not really better, not really worse. Just kind of in limbo.
  • Instant Neighborhood – Just Add History Turn-of-the-20th-Century Hercules was a true company town, right down the workers’ homes, which were built by the company. At its height, Hercules totaled up to 100 residences, duplexes, and dormitories. As they became vacant and were deemed no longer necessary due to fluctuations in the workforce, they were demolished. All except for…
  • Historic Hercules Building Destroyed by Fire An unoccupied historic building was engulfed in flames and quickly destroyed by fire today. The fire was reported at 1:00 PM. Firefighters from the Rodeo-Hercules Fire District, with aid from other agencies, controlled and extinguished the fire.
  • Hercules Presenting Local History to Sister City Tsushima, Japan Lynn Fissell donated books to sister city Tsushima, Japan on behalf of the Hercules Historical Society and the Hercules Sister City Association.
  • Frog Pad Park Together with the Chinese Association of Hercules, the HHS dedicated a plaque and gingko tree to the Chinese who worked in the Hercules Powder Plant.