John Samuel Eastwood

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Samuel Eastwood was born in Minnesota back in 1857. He attended the University of Minnesota, working for the Pacific Northwest railroad.   In 1883, he moved to Fresno, California becoming Fresno’s first City Engineer in 1885. In 1895, he became the chief engineer of the San Joaquin Electric Company.

In 1899, he worked for the Pacific Light and Power Company as the engineer in charge. He later worked for the Salt Lake City project, he died in 1924 while swimming in the Kings River east of Fresno.

What you may not know about John is that while working for the San Joaquin Electric Company he designed and help construct the first California hydroelectric power plant. In 1908, he designed and built the first reinforced concrete multiple-arch dam on bedrock foundation at Hume Lake Dam for the Hume-Bennett Lumber Company, it is still in operation to this day.

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Certainly an accomplished guy. Good read. Have a wonderful day.

Oct 25, 2019 04:28 AM #1
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

His CV looks very modern with so many employers, as opposed to having just one employer. He obviously was in demand and was a clever man to have designed those dams so long ago.

Oct 25, 2019 04:33 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Wonder if he could design a power grid system for California today and help prevent some fires!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 25, 2019 04:36 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray that's quite a worthy accomplishment....

Oct 25, 2019 04:45 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. John had an active mind and put it to use. Enjoy your day!

Oct 25, 2019 05:09 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Great ideas will stand the test of time. Have a great weekend.

Oct 25, 2019 05:10 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - this post makes me ponder. What have I designed/conceived/invented that will still be in operation 100 years from now?  Just pondering...

Oct 25, 2019 06:39 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Good morning, and you just treated us to another great invention, by someone we knew nothing about!  Wishing you a delightful weekend. A

Oct 25, 2019 07:07 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, another great person and one that had the vision to think out  of the box.


Oct 25, 2019 07:49 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like he was quite the builder, reminds me of stories I hear about all that my Grandpa used to do.

Oct 25, 2019 08:33 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- some minds go to places I could never even think of heading! Thank goodness for them. 

Oct 25, 2019 08:45 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James Dray - he worked around all that danger and yet he died in a swimming accident!

Oct 25, 2019 11:21 AM #12
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

John helped to create hydro-electricity and make it a viable option for our electric needs. 

Oct 25, 2019 12:51 PM #13
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... John died relatively young, but his contributions have outlasted him for sure.

Oct 25, 2019 12:58 PM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

John was definitely a visionary. His legacy project is being appreciated by many people. 

Oct 25, 2019 03:20 PM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Most projects of that kind do not have that kind of lifespan. He did well.

Oct 25, 2019 06:28 PM #16
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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I did not know that John Samuel Eastwood designed the first California hydroelectric power plant, nor the Hume Lake Dam. 

Oct 27, 2019 07:45 PM #17
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Mr. Eastwood was certainly a major player in the development of hydroelectric power in California.

Nov 11, 2019 01:32 PM #18
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