|Jackson and Besse & Sill grain warehouses between Railroad Ave and the freight yard, 1892. [UCSC Digital Collections]|
|SunRidge Farms and Falcon Trading Company complex (formerly Smuckers) beside the freight yard, c. 2011.|
|Western Fruit Evaporating Co. advertisement selling Matiasevich apples.|
|Aerial photograph of the Watsonville Junction freight yard, 1935.|
[UC Santa Cruz Library Aerial Photograph collection]
Today, the track still passes through this entire two blocks of packing houses but most of the businesses have changed hands. The owners of the large Marinovich facility cannot be determined but Matiasevich is now owned by Southern California Seafood, although they have paved over most of the track by this point to create Matiasevich Lane. On the west side of the block, SunRidge Farms and Falcon Trading own the former Richfield Oil and Smuckers site; the Monterey County Agricultural Office owns part of the Nestle facility, although it is not clear who owns the other half; the Crosetti lot is now occupied by Dibwani Motors, a new car dealership. Of the spurs in this area, only the former Matiasevich spurs still remain in place, which suggest it was the last firm to cease using the track in the area. Although the main spur through this area remains in place, it does not appear to be used at present.
Official Railroad Information:
Due to their nature as freight yards, only the 1973 SPINS chart shows the detail for this area in any official capacity. Other SPINS exist but are not currently accessible to this historian.
Geo-Coordinates & Access Rights:
From 36.899˚N, 121.746˚W to 36.897˚N, 121.741˚W
Railroad Avenue, Lewis Road, and Salinas Road are publicly accessible and views of the entire freight yard can be seen from anywhere along them. Likewise, cars may drive down Marinovich Avenue and Matiasevich Lanes, although access to the properties themselves are only with permission from the owners.
Citations & Credits:
- Sanborn Insurance Maps, 1892-1920. University of California, Santa Cruz Digital Map Collections.
- Southern Pacific Railroad Company, SPINS, 1973. California State Railroad Museum collection.
- University of California, Santa Cruz, Aerial Photograph Collection.