Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Sunnyvale in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Prune Heaven

 
 
Prune Heaven Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 17, 2020
1. Prune Heaven Marker
Inscription.  Mexicans and "Okies” picked fruit in the valley's orchards through the 1930s, often "camping out” in whatever orchard they were working. Displaced Oklahomans usually traveled individually from farm to farm calling out, "Do you need an extra hand?” The common wage in the 1930s ranged from $.20 to $.35 per hour or $2.00 to $3.50 for a 10-hour day.

Mexicans would often be hired in groups through a labor foreman. When World War II began, the Bracero Program formalized the migration of Mexican farm workers to California fields.

Starting at the age eight, and for the next ten years of my youth, I was always "invited" to join the family "camping trip" to what we kiddingly referred to as "Prune Heaven." ...the work was a combination of pure misery, dirt, painful backs, aching knees, sunburned hands and necks...
-Rudy Calles, one-time migrant worker, 1979.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 21.378′ N, 122° 1.496′ W.

Prune Heaven Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 17, 2020
2. Prune Heaven Marker - wide view
Marker is in Sunnyvale, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from East Remington Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 570 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale CA 94087, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Labor Day Prunes (here, next to this marker); Prune Capital of the World (here, next to this marker); Yugoslavian Orchardists of Sunnyvale (here, next to this marker); Heritage Park Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Vintage Sundial (within shouting distance of this marker); Antique Entry Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); Prune Steamer Pot / Hendy Manhole Cover (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall Bell & City Hall Cornerstone (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sunnyvale.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located outdoors under the roof of the orchard interpretive exhibit that is just to the south of the museum.
 
Marker detail: <i>Mexican family of prune pickers on the Garrod Ranch, Cupertino, date unknown</i> image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the California History Center at DeAnza College, August 17, 2020
3. Marker detail: Mexican family of prune pickers on the Garrod Ranch, Cupertino, date unknown
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
Paid Advertisement
Feb. 26, 2021