“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Watsonville in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Apple Annual

Main Street in the Early 1900s

The Apple Annual Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
1. The Apple Annual Marker
Inscription. The Apple Annual was held in downtown Watsonville from 1910 to 1913. For the first event in 1910, William H. Weeks, renowned Watsonville architect, designed a pavilion to house the show exhibits which was located on Second Street, now the site of the Fire Station. Included in the week-long festivities were box-making contests, band concerts, vaudeville attractions, speeches, and parades with horns, bells, and confetti. The first apple show was a huge success with some 30,000 people attending from all over the state and nation.

During the 1911 Apple Annual, 5,000 people from the county seat came over to the show on Santa Cruz Day, and almost every professional and business office in Santa Cruz was closed for the day. The contingent arrived on four special trains, 33 cars, and the road from Santa Cruz to Watsonville was one continuous line of automobiles.

The first actual automobile parade held in downtown Watsonville was during the 1912 show with 135 autos chugging down Main Street.

The 1914 Apple Annual was moved to San Francisco, and in 1916, due to WWI, the domestic crop was reduced and the Apple Annual was unfortunately discontinued.
Location. 36° 54.704′ N, 121° 45.521′ W. Marker is in Watsonville, California, in Santa
The Apple Annual Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
2. The Apple Annual Marker
Cruz County. Marker is on Main Street (State Highway 152) north of West Lake Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 Main Street, Watsonville CA 95076, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Where Strawberries are Sweeter (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Watsonville (about 400 feet away); The Mansion House (about 700 feet away); St. Patricks Church (about 800 feet away); This Gun Was Used (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lettunich Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Year to Remember in Watsonville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Judge Julius Lee House (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watsonville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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