Monterey, California: Historic Cannery Row and John Steinbeck Walking Tour

    Lynn momboisse
    05 Feb 2020
    Clock 75min      Length2mi
    1 rating

    Steinbeck Plaza / Cannery Row Monument

    Steinbeck Plaza / Cannery Row Monument
    Monterey, California: Historic Cannery Row and John Steinbeck Walking Tour

    Have a seat for a moment on the bench that faces the Cannery Row Monument and Monterey Bay and I will fill you in on the background of this monument.

    This pays tribute to the many people who played a vital role in the development of Cannery Row. Take a look at the top of Whyte’s work. That is author John Steinbeck who anchor’s the top of the rock. Directly below Steinbeck is marine biologist Ed Ricketts. Ed was a lifelong friend of Steinbeck and he is memorialized as the character Doc Ricketts in the novel Cannery Row. To the right of Steinbeck is Madam Flora Woods who is portrayed as Dora Flood in Steinbeck’s novel. Next to Dora is one of her girls.

    Now get up and walk to your left and have a look at the four men sitting together on the rock monument.


    Two of these figures are modeled after the owners of the Sardine Factory where we began this tour.

    Together, the four men are the owners of the Sardine Factory Ted Balestreri and Bert Cutino as well as Zee & Dee Packing partners Harry Davidian and George Zarounian. All four partnered together in 1976 to form the Foursome Development Company which as I mentioned before would became the Cannery Row Company.

    Now, continue walking to your right around this monument.


    Here you will find a Chinese fisherman. He represents the people who lived in the Chinese fishing village established in the mid 1800’s on the beach surrounding this area.

    If you look closely you will also see frogs on the rock monument. We will talk about how these frogs came into play later on the tour.

    Okay, now turn around and walk straight ahead and to your right toward the metal railing.

Similar Audio Tours in Monterey Peninsula


Carmel by the Sea Driving Tour

Distance 7mi
Duration 30min
8 ratings

Every year thousands of people visit California's world famous village of Carmel by the Sea. Meandering through art galleries, shops and restaurants on Ocean Avenue, and a visit to Carmel Beach are the usual "musts" for first time visitors. It's... More»

Carmel cottage

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fairy Tale Houses Walking Tour

Distance 1mi
Duration 30min
27 ratings

One of the most frequent questions we hear from visitors to Carmel-by-the-Sea is, “Where are the Fairy Tale Houses?” This walking tour will address this question, as we will lead you on a walk that will take you by eleven of the more famous fairy... More»

Carmel beach crop

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Off the Beaten Path Walking Tour

Distance 2mi
Duration 60min
5 ratings

On this off-the-beaten-path walking tour of Carmel-by-the-Sea, we will visit Carmel Beach as well as many other unique and hidden out of the way places. You will begin in downtown Carmel at the historic Pine Inn, visit First Murphy House Museum,... More»