Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Cannery Row Monument
Dedicated February 26, 2014
At the base is Ed Ricketts, Steinbeck's good friend and one of the fathers of marine biology, who studied the sea life and tide pools of Monterey Bay. The figure of a Chinese fisherman is a reminder of the Chinese fishing village established in the mid-1800s on this very shore, which today borders one of the most beautiful marine sanctuaries in the world. The two female figures represent "Madam" Flora Woods, who made everybody happy and was known for her generosity, and one of her girls.
The four "boys" sitting together were modeled after four entrepreneurs who embraced the rotting remnants of the canneries and dedicated themselves to the
Ted Balestreri, founding visionary and General Managing Partner of the Cannery Row Company, dreamed of a monument that would inspire visitors with the story of Cannery Row's history and importance in California’s past. First inhabited by Native Americans then settled by the Spanish, Monterey later became home to many Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Mexican, Filipino, Norwegian, Scottish and Japanese immigrants, among others.
Mr. Balestreri worked closely with sculptor Steven Whyte on the concept for the monument, which cements Whyte's global stature.
Erected 2014 by Mr. Balestreri.
Topics. This historical marker monument is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Arts, Letters, Music • Asian Americans • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Women.
Location. 36° 36.964′ N, 121° 53.997′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Cannery Row, on the right when Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 660 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. Working Women (within shouting distance of this marker); Silver Harvest (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); McAbee Beach (about 300 feet away); Fish Hoppers (about 300 feet away); Grand Procrastination (about 300 feet away); Giant Kelp Beyond the Breakers (about 300 feet away); Building Cannery Row (about 400 feet away); The Del Mar Canning Company, 1927-1947 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
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