Cannery Row Montery, California

"When the war came to Monterey and to Cannery Row everybody fought it more or less, in one way or another...the canneries themselves fought the war by getting the limit taken off fish and catching them all. It was done for patriotic reasons, but that didn't bring the fish back."
John Steinbeck, Sweet Thursday, 1954, Viking Press

Cannery Row summer 1974. The last cannery closed in 1973, though the sardine population had been decimated decades before. Structures tottered on a grotty cusp, abandoned by those who wrung out their last profits and left to collapse into the sea, until the next set of business men moved in to make them "viable" again. Tourism was nascent; a few restaurants and shops.


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