Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Associated Oil Fire – 1924
Historic Cannery Row
On the morning of September 14, 1924, a bolt of lighting ignited a fire in the Associated Oil Company tank farm (middle). The ensuing blaze destroyed the wharf and several buildings, set fire to two fish canneries and threatened to consume Fisherman’s Wharf. Two soldiers from the Presidio – Private Eustace Watkins of Battery E., 76th Field Artillery, and Private John Bolio of Headquarters Troop, 11th Cavalry – lost their lives battling the blaze.
The wife of a Presidio soldier noted in a diary entry for September 15, 1923, “The fire is still raging, five tanks of oil and one of gas burning – all day today – all last night, awful, awful” (bottom). For 72 hours, fire companies from as far away as Salinas made every effort
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 36° 36.594′ N, 121° 53.807′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Cannery Row. This marker is located on the ocean side of the Monterey Recreation Trail in San Carlos Park. The park is in the 100 block of Cannery Row. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Monterey Breakwater (within shouting distance of this marker); Trains and Canneries (within shouting distance of this marker); Cannery Divers Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The California Riviera (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edward Ricketts (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sloat Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Presidio of Monterey Museum (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Mervine (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 790 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.