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

Salz Tannery

History of the Tannery

 
 
Salz Tannery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 8, 2013
1. Salz Tannery Marker
Inscription. For 145 years, Santa Cruz was a leading source of tanned hides, first in California and later throughout the world. After the Gold Rush, people were clamoring for leather goods – boots, harnesses, and machinery belts for farming and mining equipment. The Santa Cruz region with its ranchos and cattle, abundant water, tanoak forests, limestone deposits, and access by sea was well suited to support the growing industry.

Three tanneries have operated on this site where Pogonip Creek meets the San Lorenzo River. The earliest was Grove Tannery, a small operation started in 1856, which was almost entirely washed away in the flood of 1861. Then came Kron Tannery, which by the 1890s employed 50 workers. Kullman Salz Company, which later became Salz Tannery, took over in 1918. By the 1960s Salz Tannery employed 400 people, processed about 13 million square feet of leather a year, and sold to customers around the world. By the 1990s much of the leather industry had shifted overseas and Salz, the oldest, longest running tannery in California closed in 2001.

Today this site along the San Lorenzo River continues to bustle with activity. Artists have moved into the historic, refurbished buildings where leather tanners once worked. The Tannery Arts Center, part of a long tradition of local craftsmanship and industry, continues
Salz Tannery Marker and historical exhibit. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 8, 2013
2. Salz Tannery Marker and historical exhibit.
as an integral part of life and work in Santa Cruz County.
 
Location. 36° 59.265′ N, 122° 1.793′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker can be reached from River Street (California Route 9) north of Encinal Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. This marker is located in the tannery courtyard. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1060 River Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Isaac Graham: “Swashbuckling Soldier of Fortune (approx. half a mile away); Arthur A. Taylor (approx. half a mile away); Mary Amney Case (approx. half a mile away); California Pioneers (approx. half a mile away); Lady of the Night (approx. half a mile away); Williams (approx. half a mile away); Louden (London) Nelson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Grave of Grove C. Cook (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Cruz.
 
More about this marker. Next to the Salz Tannery marker is a very informative exhibit on the history of the tannery.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce
 
Kron's San Lorenzo Tannery, late 1800s image. Click for full size.
3. Kron's San Lorenzo Tannery, late 1800s
Exhibit photograph
Salz Tannery Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 8, 2013
4. Salz Tannery Exhibit
The plaque reads:
Salz Tannery
Tanyard/Dry House
1870
Historic Landmark
The Museum of Art & History
A bit of Santa Cruz humor at the Salz Tannery image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 8, 2013
5. A bit of Santa Cruz humor at the Salz Tannery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 531 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 22, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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