Selma in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Libby, McNeill and Libby Cannery
Attracted to Selma by many orchards of cling peaches and early success of a much smaller cannery a few blocks away on Whitson Street, Libby's grew quickly and a year later doubled its production capacity. In 1914, this large warehouse structure was constructed while other major improvements were made to the adjoining cannery along Center Street. Further expansion made Libby's one of California's largest canneries and southern Fresno County's biggest employer.
Thanks to Libby's, Selma in 1914 adopted its first community theme -- "Home of the Peach." Declining supplies of fruit, falling production and antiquated facilities led to the cannery's closure on September 24, 1971. The main cannery building was later demolished.
Erected 2011 by E Clampus Vitus, Jim Savage chapter 1852 and Stonecutter Lodge 437.
Topics and series. This historical Agriculture • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1897.
Location. 36° 33.733′ N, 119° 36.383′ W. Marker is in Selma, California, in Fresno County. Marker is on East Front Street, 0.2 miles west of Park Street, on the left. Marker is on the small portion of brick wall that remains from the original cannery. To get to the marker, you park on Front Street and cross over the railroad tracks. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1326 East Front Street, Selma CA 93662, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frank Dusy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Selma (approx. half a mile away); Groundwater Irrigation Beginnings (approx. 1.9 miles away); The History of the Town Kingsburg (approx. 4.4 miles away); Fred French (approx. 4˝ miles away); George Boyle (approx. 4˝ miles away); The Historic Kingsburg Jail (approx. 4˝ miles away); Fowler's Switch (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
More about this marker. Location is now known as Selma Cold Storage
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 5, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 1,506 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 5, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.