Jack London experimented Historical

Jack London experimented Historical (HM1XP0)

Location: Glen Ellen, CA 95442 Sonoma County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 21.318', W 122° 32.8'

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by growing spineless cactus for livestock feed

Jack London saw fine, fat cattle in Hawaii living well on spined cactus and wanted to duplicate the success of Hawaiian ranchers. He planted this field with Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus, Opuntia avalon, developed by renowned horticulturalist Luther Burbank. Between 1907 and 1913, Burbank promoted it as cattle feed.
This experiment failed. Spineless cactus needed irrigation for rapid growth, and some plants grew back their spines. Alfalfa and other crops continued to be preferred. They produced greater yields and more nutritious dry fodder, and were easily handled by machinery.

The cactus was removed soon after London's death in 1916. This demonstration patch, planted in 2001, uses cuttings from Luther Burbank Home and Gardens in Santa Rosa.
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HM NumberHM1XP0
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Placed ByCalifornia State Department of Parks and Recreation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 539608 N 4245334
Decimal Degrees38.35530000, -122.54666667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 21.318', W 122° 32.8'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 21' 19.08" N, 122° 32' 48" W
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Area Code(s)707
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Lake Trail, Glen Ellen CA 95442, US
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