|Booth's Cannery beside Fisherman's Wharf, c. 1910. (Sanborn Map)|
|Booth's Monterey Packing Company, c. 1905. The railroad tracks can be seen passing behind the cannery. (See Monterey)|
By 1896, things in this area were picking up. The fishing industry in Monterey was growing rapidly and a man named Frank E. Booth, a former cannery owner along the Sacramento River, decided to establish the first cannery in the town. Not entirely sure what he was doing, Booth began by canning salmon at a small facility in town. This haphazard cannery burned down in 1903, possibly due to arson by disgruntled workers who wanted him to can sardines. In response, Booth purchased the waterfront property of H.R. Robbins, a San Franciscan who had built his own cannery beside Fisherman's Wharf in 1901 but failed to make a profit. Booth doubled the size of the cannery and expanded the types of fish he canned. His new venture was called the Monterey Packing Company.
|Fire at sea, with Booth Cannery at left, 14 September 1924. (Dan Freeman)|
|Booth's Cannery beside Fisherman's Wharf, c. 1935. (Fine Art America)|
Official Railroad Information:
The Light House Road flag-stop appears to have been a very short-lived station, being listed on the initial Pacific Grove Extension timetable in 1889 but gone from the Southern Pacific Officers, Agencies & Stations book by 1899. It was listed in public timetables in 1890 as a permanent "Additional Station", although only in the capacity of an unscheduled flag-stop. It does not appear on either 1889 or 1891 public timetables. It's precise location is not known, but the only place where Light House Road (not Lighthouse Ave.) and the right-of-way meet is along a 0.1 mile stretch beginning just west of Fisherman's Wharf.
|The Monterey Packing Company at its maximum extent, c. 1940.|
|Distance view of the Booth Cannery and Fisherman's Wharf, with the|
railroad tracks passing in the foreground. (Fine Art America)
Geo-Coordinates & Access Rights:
The site of Sard Station is immediately beside north of where Lighthouse Avenue emerges from the tunnel. It can be most easily accessed via the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail. While some of the cannery's foundations remain in the water of McAbee Beach, no sign of the stop survives.
Citations & Credits:
- "A Brief History of Old Cannery Row".
- Chiang, Connie Y. Shaping the Shoreline: Fisheries and Tourism on the Monterey Coast. University of Washington Press, 2009.
- Hemp, Michael K. "Cannery Row Historical Porfile—A Brief History of Old Ocean View Avenue". Cannery Row Foundation.
- "Looking Back—The Canneries". Cannery Row, Monterey, California.
- Ventimiglia, Mike. Images of America: Italians of the Monterey Peninsula. Arcadia Publishing, 2015.