Bust of John Steinbeck / Cannery Row Quote
Stop here for a moment by the bronze bust of John Steinbeck. We have come full circle, exploring Cannery Row through the eyes of John Steinbeck and recalling some of the real life characters from the 1930’s and ‘40s that formed this town. We followed the history of the canneries that were entwined with these characters from boom to burned down and learned the story of two men who were nostalgic for a time past and had a dream to take Cannery Row back from the chipped pavement and weedy lots.
So now let’s read the opening paragraph from John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row which is printed on the plaque below his bust.
“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, 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.”
Well with that, this is where I will be leaving you. Thank you for joining me today and I hope you have enjoyed your visit on this Monterey, California Historic Cannery Row and John Steinbeck Walking Tour.
There is so much more to discover here on the Monterey Peninsula. We have a companion tour on Fisherman’s Wharf and a number of walking tours in Carmel-by-the-Sea with more under development. Just tap the Explore tab, then select Monterey Peninsula to check out ours and those produced by our friend Bob Hamilton.
We are also expanding into driving tours of the California Coast. They will be available soon.
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