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Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Early Canning Processes

Historic Cannery Row

 
 
Early Canning Processes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
1. Early Canning Processes Marker
[Photograph captions]
[Top]
Otosaburo Noda (front row, far right) and leaders of the Japanese American community in Monterey. Photograph courtesy of the Monterey Public Library, California History Room

[Middle]
Photograph courtesy of the Monterey Public Library, California History Room

[Bottom]
Photograph courtesy of Pat Hathaway, California Views.
Inscription.
The Row’s first canning operation
In 1902 Otosaburo Noda, a Japanese immigrant farmer, labor contractor and businessman, moved his abalone canning operation at Point Lobos to the rocky shoreline of Monterey. Noda and his partner Harry Malpas built the Monterey Fishing and Canning Company. This venture was the first canning operation located on the world-famous “street of the sardine.”

The first major cannery
James A. Madison, Joseph A. Nichols and Bernard Senderman bought the failing Malpas Cannery in 1907. After a major renovation, it was renamed the Pacific Fish Company. Sardines were cut by hand, drained and fried in peanut oil, then packed in handmade oval cans and sealed with hand-soldered lids. By World War I, increased demand and large profits spurred the mechanization of Monterey’s canning industry. In 1926 the Pacific Fish Company was renamed the California Packing Corporation.

Crossovers
Empty cans were shuttled from warehouses on the inland side of Cannery Row to canneries on the bay side of the street. After the cans were filled and cooked, they were shuttled back over the street through enclosed crossovers to warehouses and rail sidings. The crossover became a distinctive architectural feature on Cannery Row.
 
Location.
Early Canning Processes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
2. Early Canning Processes Marker
36° 36.849′ N, 121° 53.912′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Cannery Row. Touch for map. This marker is located in the 500 block of Cannery Row on the ocean side of the street. Marker is in this post office area: Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hurray for Hollywood ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monterey’s First Fishermen ( about 300 feet away); McAbee Beach ( about 500 feet away); Edward Ricketts ( about 600 feet away); Building Cannery Row ( about 700 feet away); The Cannery Row Monument ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Working Women ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Procrastination ( approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Cannery Crossover image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
3. Cannery Crossover
Cannery Foundation Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 23, 2012
4. Cannery Foundation Ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 9, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 9, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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