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First Pacific Coast Salmon Cannery

 
 
First Pacific Coast Salmon Cannery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 1, 2009
1. First Pacific Coast Salmon Cannery Marker
Inscription. Founded in the town of Washington (Broderick), Yolo County by Hapgood, Hume, and Company in 1864, California’s first salmon cannery was located on a barge moored here on the banks of the Sacramento River. This small canning operation was the beginning of the salmon canning industry on the West Coast. Salmon caught in the Sacramento River were canned by the cooker-boiler method, rather than the salt preservation method commonly used at that time. The new process allowed for wider markets and lower prices. In 1866, declining salmon runs in the Sacramento River caused Hapgood, Hume and Company to move their canning operation to the Columbia River in Oregon.
 
Erected 2009 by California State Parks, River Cats Foundation, West Sacramento Historical Society, City of West Sacramento, and the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, April 1, 2009. (Marker Number 1040.)
 
Location. 38° 34.986′ N, 121° 30.527′ W. Marker is in West Sacramento, California, in Yolo County. Marker can be reached from 2nd Street. Click for map. Marker is located on the West Sacramento River Walk and can be reached from 2nd Street. Marker is in this post office area: West Sacramento CA 95605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
First Pacific Coast Salmon Cannery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 1, 2009
2. First Pacific Coast Salmon Cannery Marker
With the Sacramento River in the Background.
distance of this marker. Salmon Cannery (here, next to this marker); The Rivers’ Flow (here, next to this marker); Hydraulic Mining (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Plaza (a few steps from this marker); Pony Express Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Flood Control (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacramento Skyline (within shouting distance of this marker); Tower Bridge (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in West Sacramento.
 
Regarding First Pacific Coast Salmon Cannery. This site had previously been designated as a National Historic Landmark, however the designation was withdrawn on July 14, 2004 due to both man-made and natural changes at the site. The West Sacramento Historical Society and the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, under their “West Sacramento Project Pride” program, set into motion the task of nominating this site as a California Registered Historical Landmark.
After approval by the State Office of Historic Preservation, funds were raised, and on April 1, 2009 the plaque was unveiled at its site on the West Sacramento River Walk. In attendance at the dedication ceremony were members of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, City Council, West Sacramento Historical Society, the State Office of Historic Preservation,
The Hume Family image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 1, 2009
3. The Hume Family
Left: David Hume, Mary Jane Hume, descendants of George Hume. Right: Roberta Maloy, descendant of William Hume.
members of the general public, and descendents of both William and George Hume.
 
Also see . . .  The First Pacific Coast Salmon Cannery. The First Pacific Coast Salmon Cannery was established in 1864 by brothers William and George Hume, and a business partner, Andrew Hapgood. It remained at this site until 1866. (Submitted on April 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
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Cover Page of the Dedication Ceremony Program image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
4. Cover Page of the Dedication Ceremony Program
April 1, 2009
Family Heirloom from the Hume Company Office image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 1, 2009
5. Family Heirloom from the Hume Company Office
(This carved block of wood was on the desk in the office of the G.W. Hume Co. It was carved around 1900)
First to Can-Still Canning
G.W. Hume Co.
Established 1864
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,409 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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