JSDH article page 173
The railroad and harbor would turn National City west of the Boulevard into a major industrial center. Frank Kimball built his Olive Mill in 1887, and factories near the railroad yards at the foot of 23rd Street packed oranges and lemons. In 1911 the California China Products Company built a large plant at the foot of 12th Street to make high-grade porcelain tile, some of which was used in the 1914 Santa Fe Depot and in the 1915 Panama Exposition buildings. L. M. Pepper established Pep's Kerosene Sevice after WWII, built oil storage tanks and ship piers, and played a key role in the creation of the Tidelands Marine Industrial Complex. Pepper Park along the Sweetwater channel is named in his honor.
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Tidelands Marine Industrial Complex at West 24th Street.

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