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Alviso in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Union Warehouse and Docks

ca. 1850

 

—City of San Jose – Capital of the Silicon Valley —

 
Union Warehouse and Docks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
1. Union Warehouse and Docks Marker
Inscription. During Alviso’s years as a major shipping port, this warehouse was used for the storage of goods prior to shipping. It was later incorporated into Bayside Cannery and used as a cold storage and refrigeration plant. Today it stands as one of the oldest industrial buildings in Alviso.
 
Erected 2003 by City of San Jose.
 
Location. 37° 25.676′ N, 121° 58.75′ W. Marker is in Alviso, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Hope Street near Elizabeth Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 Hope Street, Alviso CA 95002, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bayside Cannery (within shouting distance of this marker); China Camp (within shouting distance of this marker); Alviso (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); La Montagne Boarding House (about 700 feet away); The Port and Town of Alviso (about 700 feet away); Discover Alviso’s Rich History (about 700 feet away); Water Everywhere (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Steamboat Jenny Lind Disaster (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alviso.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Bayside Canning Company
Union Warehouse and Docks Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
2. Union Warehouse and Docks Building
. In 1906, Thomas Foon Chew opened the Bayside Canning Company in Alviso, taking over the Precita Canning Company from his father. Chew grew the business into California's third largest cannery and, at its peak, it employed hundreds of Chinese workers who were lodged in company houses nearby the factory. The depression and the death of Chew in 1931 brought the cannery to the end. The abandoned cannery building is one of the landmarks of Alviso and is covered by a wonderful mural painted in 1981 depicting the history of Alviso. (Submitted on November 10, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. History of Alviso. In 1906, Sai Yin Chew opened the Bayside Canning Company in Alviso. Chew and his son, Thomas Foon Chew, operated the Chinese run cannery which was known for paying generous wages and employing exclusively Chinese and Chinese Americans until the 1920s. Products canned in Alviso included spinach, asparagus, cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, pears. (Submitted on November 10, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Asian Americans
 
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Union Warehouse and Docks Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
3. Union Warehouse and Docks Building
Mail Box at the Union Warehouse image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
4. Mail Box at the Union Warehouse

Union Warehouse
First Cannery Santa Clara Co.
National Historical Building 1850

The Mudflat Refuge
1200 Hope Street
Alviso, Calif.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 814 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 10, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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