Steinbeck Plaza / Cannery Row Monument
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.
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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.
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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.