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

McAbee Beach

Historic Cannery Row

 
 
McAbee Beach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
1. McAbee Beach Marker
[Photograph captions:]
[Top]
Photograph by J.K. Oliver, courtesy of the Monterey Public Library, California History Room

[Middle]
McAbee Beach near Pacific Grove, Cal.; Photograph courtesy of Pat Hathaway, California Views

[Bottom]
Photograph by J.K. Oliver, courtesy of the Monterey Public Library, California History Room.
Inscription.
Portuguese whalers
From the California Gold Rush to nearly the turn of the century, Portuguese whalers launched boats from this beach and rowed them out into the bay to intercept whales migrating along the Monterey coastline. Once harpooned, the whales were towed back to the beach. There the blubber was removed and boiled to extract oil for use in lamps. Whaling from the beach ended in the late 1800s, when kerosene was discovered and provided a more economical way of lighting a room.

McAbee’s seaside entertainments
John B. McAbee purchased the golden sand beach at the turn of the century and pursued one of the first commercial ventures here on Ocean View Avenue, the original name of Cannery Row. McAbee rented boats, tents and small cottages to seasonal tourists but was unable to make a dependable income from them.

A Chinese settlement at McAbee Beach
The Chinese fishing village at China Point (circa 1853-1906), now Hopkins Marine Station, was the second largest Chinese settlement on the West Coast. It was destroyed by fire in 1906, so the Chinese villagers leased McAbee Beach and built a smaller settlement that occupied this beach until the late 1920s. The Chinese fishing village grew and spread out along the rocky Monterey coastline as the sardine industry grew.
 
Location. 36° 36.915′ N, 121° 53.97′ 
McAbee Beach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
2. McAbee Beach Marker
W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Cannery Row, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 642 Cannery Row, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monterey’s First Fishermen (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cannery Row Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Working Women (about 300 feet away); Building Cannery Row (about 400 feet away); Grand Procrastination (about 400 feet away); Early Canning Processes (about 500 feet away); Silver Harvest (about 600 feet away); Fish Hoppers (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Monterey.
 
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Fishermen's Mural at McAbee Beach image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
3. Fishermen's Mural at McAbee Beach
McAbee Beach image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
4. McAbee Beach
McAbee Beach image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
5. McAbee Beach
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 554 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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