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Modelgenic Buildings #1: El Camino Citrus Ass’n.

March 31, 2008

(Image from James Lancaster’s Site (Original Image from First American Title)) 

The following history is an exerpt from the best resource on California Packing house history, James Lancaster’s “Packing Houses and Other Structures in Southern California”

[quote] “The El Camino Citrus Assn built a packing house in Claremont in 1913. It was located between Olive and Spring on the south side of the Santa Fe mainline and was served by a 670′ spur facing west and crossing the east facing spur serving the Vanderwood lumber company. An image of the as built structure is shown in Claremont’s History website (URL). This structure was built in a distinctly Spanish style not used by many other packinghouses (Photo-First American Title). By the 1930s it had been almost doubled in size with the addition of a box making area, and additional space for cull bins (Photo-First American Title). This PH was closed in the late 1950s and torn down some time later. ” [/quote] Access his website at this link: http://ljames1.home.netcom.com/scph_la_claremont.html

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Further aerial photographs can be found on the Claremont College Photo Library, accessed here: http://tinyurl.com/36dtft

I drew up a rough blueprint of the footbrint of the structure:

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Here’s a 1913 view, before they added the annex to the left of the main bldg.

http://www.colapublib.org/cgi-bin/colapl/history/showpic.cgi?c=claremont&p=images&file=20c2.jpg

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(Aerial View from Zoomed in portion of a photo from the Claremont College Digital Library)

(Aerial View from Zoomed in portion of a photo from the Claremont College Digital Library)

(Aerial View from Zoomed in portion of a photo from the Claremont College Digital Library)
 

(Aerial View from Zoomed in portion of a photo from the Claremont College Digital Library)

After Studying the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from 1935 of the Area, the Large Oil tanks near the packing plant are smudge oil tanks for the orange grove smudge pots, which heated the citrus groves in the event of a threateningly frosty night.

 

You can also check out Sanborn maps of the area here:

TO LOG IN TO SEE THEM, CLICK “Browse” then type in this password and username:

(note, it has to be uppercase) This is the username for the San Jose Public Library.

user: SJPLREMOTE

password: WELCOME 
http://tinyurl.com/2ub4uu

http://tinyurl.com/3xhx9e

Over the Years it featured many different labels, the best looking of which is this one, probably their flagship brand: “El Camino”

Links to Packing Labels of the El Camino Packing House.

“El Camino”

(This guy on eBay made a mousepad of this label http://myworld.ebay.com/1totalcollector/)

“Boulevard”

http://www.thelabelman.com/product_info.php?products_id=660&osCsid=68ab8ee5479b3909f06b6ae90364c267

“Campana” & “Honeymoon” Brands.

http://tinyurl.com/2jlv4z

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