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Cannery Row

Listed under in California, United States.

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John Steinbeck’s famed novel Cannery Row put this California street on the map, but it was the street’s rich history that gave Steinbeck the material for one of the United States’ most prized texts. Originally home to Native Americans, Cannery Row has since seen Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese immigrants. The avenue runs along the coast of Monterey Bay - some of California’s most beautiful shoreline. Always physically beautiful, Cannery Row became a major commercial success during the boom of the fishing industry. By the early 1900s Monterey had become the center of the nation’s successful sardine canning industry. Over the next few decades the success of the fishing industry and wartime industry of World War I brought immense prosperity, but by the Great Depression Monterey was floundering. Steinbeck’s novel started the revitalization of the area which has continued since, turning Cannery Row into a prized tourist, shopping and dining strip.

Today luxury hotels and resorts line the street and look out over Monterey Bay. For visitors and locals alike entertainment includes nightlife, family fun, outdoor recreation, special events, wine tastings, spas and delicious dining options - including fresh sea food dishes.

Written by  Christine Fisher.

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