Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Local Railway Led the Way to America's Salad Bowl.
The earliest rail cars used ice for cooling. Large wood crates were loaded into box cars and packed with ice, hence crisp head lettuce became known as "Iceberg Lettuce."
In the 1950's, Bud Antle revolutionized the lettuce industry with vaccum cooling and corrugated cartons. Lettuce could then be field packed and vacuum cooled for freshness. The corrugated boxes were then loaded into mechanically refrigerated box cars eliminating the need for ice, vastly improving the lettuce quality which triggered the demand for Salinas Valley produce thoughout America.
Location. 36° 36.071′ N, 121° 53.487′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Figueroa Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 290 Figueroa Street, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monterey's Historic Railway -- from Passengers to Industry Monterey's Commercial Fishing Fleet (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monterey and Salinas Valley Railroad (about 400 feet away); Monterey Harbor (about 700 feet away); Captain Don Gaspar de Portola (approx. 0.2 miles away); Monterey Customhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Custom House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rodriguez – Osio Adobe (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
Categories. • Agriculture • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 16, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.