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Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Edward Ricketts

1897-1948

 
 
Edward Ricketts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
1. Edward Ricketts Marker
Inscription. Marine biologist, philosopher, writer, ecologist, and friend to many. Immortalized as “Doc” of John Steimbeck’s Cannery Row, the real man had a profound influence on the thinking of writers, artists, and scientists through his non-teleological approach to the study of life. Steinbeck described him as a man whose “mind had no horizons, he has an interest in everything.”

At his laboratory on Cannery Row, he built up the most comprehensive file of marine tidal animals ever attempted on the Pacific Coast. His marine science writings which included Between Pacific Tides, Sea of Cortez, and The Outer Shores are still among the most respected works in the field.

His life was cut short when the car he was driving was struck by the evening train at this site on May 8, 1948. However, his influence on the world community and the people of Cannery Row will live forever.
 
Erected 1997 by Cannery Row Foundation.
 
Location. 36° 36.746′ N, 121° 53.911′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Wave Street near Drake Avenue. Click for map. The Edward Ricketts marker is located on the Monterey Peninsula Recreational
Edward Ricketts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
2. Edward Ricketts Marker
Trail (aka Monterey Bay Coastal Trail). Marker is in this post office area: Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The California Riviera (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hurray for Hollywood (about 400 feet away); Early Canning Processes (about 600 feet away); Monterey’s First Fishermen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cannery Divers Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trains and Canneries (approx. 0.2 miles away); Associated Oil Fire – 1924 (approx. 0.2 miles away); McAbee Beach (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Monterey.
 
Also see . . .
1. E.F. Ricketts' Biography. While "Doc" of Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday is a character based on Steinbeck's close friend Ed Ricketts, there are distinct and pronounced differences between the fictional hero and the real man. (Submitted on April 27, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Ed Ricketts and the 'Dream' of Cannery Row - NPR. Fifty-five years ago, the best friend of novelist John Steinbeck was hit by a train after his Buick stalled on the tracks near Monterey, California's Cannery Row. At his death, Ed Ricketts was something of a celebrity. Steinbeck had cast Ricketts as the
Bust of Edward Ricketts image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
3. Bust of Edward Ricketts
fictional "Doc" in his best-selling novel. (Submitted on April 27, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNotable PersonsScience & Medicine
 
Edward Ricketts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
4. Edward Ricketts Marker
Ed Ricketts' Lab on Cannery Row image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
5. Ed Ricketts' Lab on Cannery Row
'Doc' Ricketts in the Field image. Click for full size.
By Nature.com, circa n/a
6. 'Doc' Ricketts in the Field
Railroad Tracks image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
7. Railroad Tracks
Edward Ricketts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
8. Edward Ricketts Marker
 
 
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