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The Cannery Row Monument

Dedicated February 26, 2014

 
 
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By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
1. The Cannery Row Monument Marker
Inscription. This Monument pays tribute to the many diverse characters vital to the evolution of Cannery Row. Perched atop the rocky outcropping sits Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck, who immortalized Cannery Row with his novel of the same name. He is surrounded by eight other figures, some reminiscent of Cannery Row's bustling sardines canning days, and other characters from a different time, whose great imagination transformed Cannery Row into the vibrant tourism destination it is today.

At the base is Ed Ricketts, Steinbeck's good friend and one of the fathers of marine biology, who studied the sea life and tide pools of Monterey Bay. The figure of a Chinese fisherman is a reminder of the Chinese fishing village established in the mid-1800s on this very shore, which today borders one of the most beautiful marine sanctuaries in the world. The two female figures represent "Madam" Flora Woods, who made everybody happy and was known for her generosity, and one of her girls.

The four "boys" sitting together were modeled after four entrepreneurs who embraced the rotting remnants of the canneries and dedicated themselves to the area's rebirth. Ted Balestreri, Bert Cutino, Harry Davidian and George Zarounian shared an ambitious vision for Cannery Roy and a deep affection for its inhabitants. They, in association with the
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By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
2. The Cannery Row Monument and Marker
Coniglio, Crispo, and Meyers families and Judge Ralph Drummond, brought Cannery Row back to life.

Ted Balestreri, founding visionary and General Managing Partner of the Cannery Row Company, dreamed of a monument that would inspire visitors with the story of Cannery Row's history and importance in California’s past. First inhabited by Native Americans then settled by the Spanish, Monterey later became home to many Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Mexican, Filipino, Norwegian, Scottish and Japanese immigrants, among others.

Mr. Balestreri worked closely with sculptor Steven Whyte on the concept for the monument, which cements Whyte's global stature.
 
Erected 2014 by Mr. Balestreri.
 
Location. 36° 36.964′ N, 121° 53.997′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Cannery Row, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 660 Cannery Row, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Working Women (within shouting distance of this marker); Silver Harvest (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); McAbee Beach (about 300 feet away); Fish Hoppers
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By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
3. The Cannery Row Monument
(about 300 feet away); Grand Procrastination (about 300 feet away); Giant Kelp Beyond the Breakers (about 300 feet away); Building Cannery Row (about 400 feet away); The Del Mar Canning Company, 1927-1947 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
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By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
4. The Cannery Row Monument
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By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
5. The Cannery Row Monument
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By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
6. The Cannery Row Monument
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By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
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8. The Cannery Row Monument
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By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
9. John Steinbeck 1902-1968
"Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem; A stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostaligia, a dream, cannery row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little crowded groceries, and laboratories and flophouses...." ---John Steinback Cannery Row,. 1945 Donated to the People of Monterey by Mr. & Mrs. Merle W. Strauch C.W. Brown, sculpturess 1972
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By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
10. John Steinbeck bust
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By Denise Boose, March 7, 2015
11. John Steinbeck bust
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 21, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   9, 10, 11. submitted on March 28, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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