Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Making Barrels for Shipping Lime
This building is known as a cooperage. It is where workers built the redwood barrels used to pack and ship lime. The barrel-makers, or coopers, assembled and stored the empty barrels upstairs. Once the barrels were filled with lime from the kilns, the barrels were stored beneath the building until they were loaded onto wagons and taken to the wharf for shipment. Each barrel contained 150 pounds of lime.
Built in 1869, the Cooperage is one of the oldest and most interesting buildings in the Historic District. It was built on limerock pillars using a design similar to a covered bridge. The building was originally nearly twice its present length. In the early 1960s, when the University was established, the Cooperage was shortened to make room for the entrance road.
The barrel hoops were originally made from flexible Hazelnut wands. Later, steel hoops were used.
Once loaded with barrels of lime, the wagons were driven down Bay Street to a wharf where the barrels were loaded onto ships. Photo taken in 1866.
This was once the site of the largest lime manufacturing plant
Erected 2012 by Friends of Cowell Lime Works Historic District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is August 2012.
Location. 36° 58.783′ N, 122° 3.265′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Coolidge Drive, 0.2 miles north of High Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Cruz CA 95064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cowell Lime Works (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wagner Cottage (approx. 0.9 miles away); Shingle Style Home (approx. one mile away); Lady of the Night (approx. one mile away); Williams (approx. 1.1 miles away); Arthur A. Taylor (approx. 1.1 miles away); California Pioneers (approx. 1.1 miles away); Grave of Grove C. Cook (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Cruz.
More about this marker. Located near the main entrance to the University of California Santa Cruz campus.
Also see . . . Cowell Lime Works. (Submitted on October 12, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 11, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.