In the early 19th century many canneries operated throughout California. The rich agricultural and fishing areas of east Contra Costa County hosted a number of canneries and packing sheds. The picturesque Antioch waterfront was home to two canneries and one packing shed.1996
Hickmott Canning Company, also known as Hickmott Foods, was on the river on the East side of town. Western California Canners, later known as Tullie Lewis Foods, occupied the waterfront on the West side of town. Between the two, located adjacent to the railroad, was the Sante Fe Packing Shed where asparagus was packed and shipped to all areas of the country by the Sante Fe Railroad.
The community of Pittsburgh was home to fish canneries, the most renowned being F.E. Booth Canning Company, also established in Monterey, California.
The cannery workers were primarily women that sought seasonal employment. To preserve the history of our canneries, our communities, and to honor the hard working people of East County, the theme of a woman cannery worker was selected.
It is hoped that, through the use of art, we will bind our community together. The Cannery Lady Statue demonstrates our pride in, and recognition of, the contributions made by our earlier residents, the workers of East County.
Friends of the Cannery Worker
Board of Directors;
James G. Boccio, Chairman
Jim Davi, Vice Chair
Helen Bates, Treasurer
Susan Roberts, Secretary
Stanford Davis, City Engineer