Antioch in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Cannery Lady
Hickmott Canning Company, also known as Hickmott Foods, was on the river on the East side of town. Western California Canners, later known as Tullie Lewis Foods, occupied the waterfront on the West side of town. Between the two, located adjacent to the railroad, was the Sante Fe Packing Shed where asparagus was packed and shipped to all areas of the country by the Sante Fe Railroad.
The community of Pittsburgh was home to fish canneries, the most renowned being F.E. Booth Canning Company, also established in Monterey, California.
The cannery workers were primarily women that sought seasonal employment. To preserve the history of our canneries, our communities, and to honor the hard working people of East County, the theme of a woman cannery worker was selected.
It is hoped that, through the use of art, we will bind our community together. The Cannery Lady Statue demonstrates our pride in, and recognition of, the contributions made by our earlier residents, the workers of East County.
Friends of the Cannery Worker
James G. Boccio, Chairman
Jim Davi, Vice Chair
Helen Bates, Treasurer
Susan Roberts, Secretary
Stanford Davis, City Engineer
Erected 1996 by Friends of the Cannery Worker.
Location. 38° 1.061′ N, 121° 49.001′ W. Marker is in Antioch, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is on West First Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located just west of the AMTRAK Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 West First Street, Antioch CA 94509, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City of Antioch War Dog Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); F & AM - Antioch-Brentwood Lodge #175 Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Birthplace of Antioch (approx. ¼ mile away); The Woman's Club of Antioch (approx. ¼ mile away); The McCoy Cook House (approx. Antioch High School Cupola (approx. half a mile away); Riverview Union High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); July 4, Anno Domini, 1951 (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Antioch.
Also see . . . Cannery Lady Restoration. A mini-rededication was held recently for the Cannery Lady Statue on First Street in Antioch. The event celebrated repairs completed after the theft of brass plaques in May of 2007. The Antioch Historical Society stepped in to raise part of the money to repair the statue and oversee the design changes and the engraving of all the original names from the stolen plaques. (Submitted on April 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Industry & Commerce • Labor Unions •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,983 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.