Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
History of the Tannery
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
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.
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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 559 times since then. 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.