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The C&H Sugar Plant at Crockett, Calif.

October 23, 2009

Crockett is a very rare town for the West Coast. It’s a very gritty unincorporated blue collar town nestled beneath the massive pair of bridges that carry Highway 80 over the Carquinez Strait. The 3,200 souls that live in the town enjoy impressive views from impressively old victorian-era structures that climb their way up the very steep hillside. Each building is nicely weathered from the various airborne particles from the refineries and the plant itself, it’s a very modelgenic town to say the very least.

The Plant is really quite impressive and like no other (surviving and operating) industry in Northern California, a classic multi-story brick edifice that would be more at home in the hills of Pennslyvania. The amazing thing is that over the last century, the plant has been extensively modernized, but overall still looks remarkably original.

As far as one can infer, bulk cargo ships convey their loads of raw sugar into the plant for processing into a variety of products and leave the plant in Insulated boxcars (in sacks) and as molasses or sugar slurry in tank cars. They might also use airslide covered hoppers but I didn’t see very many of them or a means by which you can load them.

On to the photos!

C&H sugar plant at crockett california

Overall View.

California & Hawaiian Sugar Company

Sugar Silos

C&H sugar factory

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2010 4:36 pm

    Hello, and please foregive me. I am trying to apply for a job at your sugar plant,my pastor use too work for your along time ago,He know I am in need for a job and to give your a try.So could you please tell me how can I apply for a job there.
    Thank you very much.

    • September 8, 2010 7:25 pm


      I have no contact with anybody inside the plant, I just took some photographs of the building for inspiration for model builders. I’m sure if you showed up at the main office there has to be a place to drop off a resume, and I think if someone remembers your pastor, they might lend you a hand.

      All the best!

  2. C Barnes permalink
    December 30, 2010 4:55 pm

    Awesome pictures. Were you given access to the grounds, or were these taken from public land? Also, do you know if they give tours of the plant? I haven’t been able to determine this yet from a Google search.

    Keep up the good work!

    • December 30, 2010 9:22 pm

      Yes, there’s an excellent public access road to the plant that puts you right there. Next to that is the old Crockett SP depot, so there’s plenty of room to walk around and shoot from a variety of angles without trespassing. They don’t offer tours of the plant, unfortunately, they even have a nicely painted wooden sign near the guard shack (across the tracks) proclaiming so.

      • C Barnes permalink
        January 7, 2011 1:07 am

        Bummer about the tours. A tour of that place would be… well, “sweet” I guess would be the best way to put it. Thanks for your response, and thanks again for the great pix.

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