One Man, Two Worlds
Historic Cannery Row
Doc, the legend
John Steinbeck used his close friend and collaborator, Edward Ricketts, as a model for the famous fictional character Doc. In the novels Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday, set in the 1930s and 1940s, the kindly Doc is a gentle, insightful and observant philosopher-scientist who lives and works on the street that has become the world-famous Cannery Row.
Ed Ricketts, the scientist
Ed Ricketts was a serious and dedicated scientist. He researched the tide pools of the West Coast from Canada to Mexico, studying the interrelationships of marine species, and worked to develop an ecological philosophy of life. His book Between Pacific Tides, a pioneering sturdy of intertidal communities originally published in 1939, continues to be used by students of marine biology.
The Edward Ricketts Memorial
A monument to Ed Ricketts stands near Cannery Row, at the intersection of Drake Avenue and Wave Street. There, on the evening of May 8, 1948, while driving across the railroad tracks, Ricketts was struck by a train. He was nearly 51. Devastated by his friend’s death, Steinbeck wrote, “There dies
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine.
Location. 36° 37.026′ N, 121° 54.079′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Cannery Row near Bruce Aris Way (Irving Avenue). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 799 Cannery Row, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Real “Docs” (here, next to this marker); A Day in the Canneries (a few steps from this marker); The Spanish Community (a few steps from this marker); The Japanese Community (a few steps from this marker); Ed Ricketts’s Backyard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Filipino Community (within shouting distance of this marker); Science (within shouting distance of this marker); Jone Quock Mui (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
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