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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

The Sugar Factory: 1915

The Sugar Factory: 1915

Crockett, Calif., circa 1915. "South view of refinery and entrance to Loring Avenue." Plant of the California & Hawaii Sugar Refining Co. View full size.

 

Looking Northeast

I am pretty sure this is looking northeast rather than south. The neon C&H sign atop the old building was restored and is still in use. Visible from the air on clear nights from quite a distance.

["South view" means it's the view from the south. -tterrace]

Thanks tt! PS: I went to a July 4th fireworks display in Crockett in about 1974 and we sat in the park just west of the sugar factory. The cold embers (?) from the fireworks fell on us during the show.

Confused [normal]

I gather that Crockett is in California so how does Hawaii fit in except as a source for the raw materials used.

[See this. -tterrace]

The references to the sugar cane fields is what confused me . Thanks for the help!! Need all I can get at times.

The Sugar Factory

We lived in Crockett about 35 years ago. It hasn't changed too much since then, but the area around is much more built up.

The factory sirens would sound off at about 7:30 a.m., noon, and 5:30 p.m. and they were very loud. The volunteer fire department used the same sirens in combinations of short and long to indicate where in the town the fire was. This happened several times a week. After a while we didn't even notice the noise.

Moon over sugarcane

That was back when most of the flat land on the Hawaiian islands was in sugarcane! I doubt there is any left. When I got there, as a teen, in 1970, there were still lots of cane fields, on Oahu, where we lived. We teenagers had all kinds of good places to "park" after football games and dances. By the time I left, 3.5 years later, the cane fields, and most of the pineapple fields, were covered with condos. I've wondered where the teenagers go to "spoon", now!

Crockett today

As close as I can make it...

Pure cane sugar from Hawaii

That old building on the left - apparently the main factory - is still there. You cannot see the Carqueniz Straits behind, but where the old hotel is now spans the Carqueniz Bridge, and I believe Amtrak goes right past. It's a tiny town, in some places definitely showing its age, but it's still adorable. The factory is, I believe, still in use as well.

 
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