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Historic Packing Houses, Packing Sheds and Other Industrial Structures
in Central and Northern California

Copyright 2004, 2005, 2006 by James E. Lancaster, Ph.D.

Contributing Photographers:
Paul Ayers, Bob Chaparro, Gene Deimling, Keith Jordan, Jim Lancaster, Gene Martin, Bill Messecar,
Cliff Prather, Carl Rodolf, Joseph Stearns and John Signor.

Web Page Created June 2, 2004
Last Updated July 20, 2006

Recent updates are identified by orange font

Contents

The web page is organized alphabetically by location with the contributing photographer identified in parentheses for each photo or set of photos. The photos are viewable in a separate browser window by clicking on PhotoLink.

All images remain the property of the individual photographers and may not be used without permission.

Atwater

Cutler

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Cutler, CA, July 10, 2006. Jim Lancaster Photo.

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Ducor

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Edison

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Exeter

  • Exeter Fruit Association, still active in February 2004 (William Messecar photo) PhotoLink

Famoso

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Firebaugh

  • Union Ice Company, May 1994 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink

Fowler

  • Packing house, June 1992 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink 
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Fresno

  • Market Distributers (former packing house), May 1987 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink

Hanford

  • Industrial buildings, May 1991 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink

Hillmaid

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Lindsay

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  • Cal-Citrus, November 1996 (Carl Rodolf photos) PhotoLink1 | PhotoLink2
    The Cal-Citrus packing house is on the ex-SP at the corner of Honolulu and Mt. Vernon. For more on the history of Cal-Citrus, visit their web site.
  • Cal-Citrus, October 2003 (John Signor photo) PhotoLink
    This was the Lindsay District Orange Cos packing house on the 1945 Sanborn Map.
  • LoBue Bros. - East, November 1996 (Carl Rodolf photo) PhotoLink
    The LoBue Bros. - East packing house was formerly Lindsay Groves, Inc.
  • Suntreat Growers and Shippers, November 1996 (Carl Rodolf photos) PhotoLink1 | PhotoLink2
  • Sierra Citrus Association, November 1996 (Carl Rodolf photos) PhotoLink1 | PhotoLink2
    This was the Lindsay Citrus Growers Assn packing house on the 1945 Sanborn map.

Lodi

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  • Earl Fruit Company, 1944 (Joseph Stearns photo) PhotoLink
    The packing house is clearly visible in the lower center of this panoramic view of Lodi (photo from Library of Congress).
  • Earl Fruit Company, 1970s (Gene Martin collection) PhotoLink1 | PhotoLink2
  • Earl Fruit Company (Gene Deimling photos) PhotoLink1 | PhotoLink2
  • Barbera Packing, 1950s (Lodi Library, Gene Martin collection) PhotoLink
  • Allstate Packers, 1970 (Gene Martin collection) PhotoLink1 | PhotoLink2
    Allstate Packers was served on the pictured side by Central California Traction, on the other side by SP.
  • J. Graffigna Grower and Shipper, 1950s (Lodi Library, Gene Martin collection) PhotoLink1
  • H. M. Young, 1970 (Gene Martin collection) PhotoLink
  • United Packing, 1970s (Gene Martin collection) PhotoLink1 | PhotoLink2 | PhotoLink3
Loomis

Mendota

  • Mendota Growers and Shippers, May 1995 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink

Merced

  • (?) Farms, May 1991 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink

Orange Cove

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Pond

Porterville

  • Baird-Neece Packing Corporation, still active in February 2004 (William Messecar photo) PhotoLink
  • San Antonio Growers, still active in February 2004 (William Messecar photo) PhotoLink

Reedley

Richgrove

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Richgrove, CA, July 10, 2006. Jim Lancaster Photo.

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Riverbank

  • Industrial buildings, March 1993 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink

Sanger

  • Sanger Citrus Association, still active in February 2004 (William Messecar photos) PhotoLink1 | PhotoLink2

Santa Maria

Santa Rosa

  • Western Farm Center, June 1988 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink

Selma

  • Cinderella Raisins, West Coast Growers and Packers, date not recorded (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink
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Shafter

Strathmore

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Sunland

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Terra Bella

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Turlock

  • Former packing house, June 1992 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink

Ultra

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Visalia

  • Warehouse, May 1995 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink
  • Visalia Citrus Packers/Visalia Fruit Exchange, May 1995 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink
  • Visalia Pipe and Supply, May 1995 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink
  • Warehouse, May 1995 (Bob Chaparro photos) PhotoLink1 | PhotoLink2

Wasco

  • Warehouse, May 1991 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink
  • Peter's Shed, May 1991 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink
  • Warehouse, May 1991 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink
  • Former packing house, March 1994 (Bob Chaparro photo) PhotoLink
Woodlake
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Visit the companion web site:

Historic Packing Houses and Other Industrial Structures in Southern California


Other Photos and Related Resources

Ken Hairstine has photos of packing houses from Winters, CA and the Victorville portion of Lodi, CA. The reuse of any of Ken's images for non-commercial use is subject to the conditions described by the Creative Commons License.

You can search for historic buildings on the Library of Congress HABS/HAER web site by visiting the Home Page.


If you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact me at ljames1at (i.e., @) ix.netcom.com (no spaces).