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

Spreckels Sugar Beet Factory

 
 
Spreckels Sugar Beet Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 18, 2013
1. Spreckels Sugar Beet Factory Marker
Caption: Built 1898, Main Building razed 1993
Inscription. Claus Spreckels, a German immigrant, at the age of 70 constructed the worlds largest sugar beet factory. The building consisted of 3500 tons of steel framing, 4.5 million brick, a 74,500 sq. ft. slate roof, 6.5 inside stories. The brick walls were 116 ft tall by 102 ft. wide and 582 ft. long. The two brick smokestacks at 227 ft. tall and 14 ft. round, were externally plated with ¼ in. steel. Total cost was 5 million dollars. Seven million bricks and the machinery were shipped around the Horn to Moss Landing, where Spreckels owned the P.V.C. Railroad, linking the Watsonville-Salinas area to Spreckels California. Dedicated this 23rd day, October 1994 Monterey Viejo Chapter 1846 Lee ‘Snake Eyes’ Brooks Noble Grand Humbug E Clampus Vitus
 
Erected 1994 by E Clampus Vitus, Monterey Viejo Chapter No. 1846.
 
Location. 36° 37.407′ N, 121° 39.023′ W. Marker is in Spreckels, California, in Monterey County. Marker is at the intersection of Spreckels Avenue and 5th Street, on the left when traveling west on Spreckels Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 107 Sprekels Avenue, Spreckels CA 93962, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spreckels Historic District
Spreckels Sugar Beet Factory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 18, 2013
2. Spreckels Sugar Beet Factory Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Hill Town Ferry (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site of the First Salinas Library (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Sargent House (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Steinbeck House (approx. 3.7 miles away); Bataan Park (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Oldest Home in Salinas (approx. 3.8 miles away); Southern Pacific Caboose # 726 (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spreckels.
 
Also see . . .  Spreckels Sugar Histroy - spreckelssugar.com. In 1896, Spreckels began contracting with growers for beets for the Salinas Factory. Local area growers signed up for only 5,000 out of a needed 30,000 acres to support construction of a factory. (Submitted on March 4, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Remains of the Spreckels Sugar Beet Factory image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 18, 2013
3. Remains of the Spreckels Sugar Beet Factory
Remains of the Spreckels Sugar Beet Factory image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 18, 2013
4. Remains of the Spreckels Sugar Beet Factory
<i>Spreckels Sugar Factory and Sugar Beet Field...Monterey...</i> image. Click for full size.
By Dorothea Lange, 1939
5. Spreckels Sugar Factory and Sugar Beet Field...Monterey...
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 467 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 4, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   5. submitted on March 13, 2013. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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