Cannery Life, Del Monte in the Santa Clara Valley

Cannery Life Through the Years

In Their Own Words

Female Cannery WorkerLearn about Del Monte Plant #3 from the people who worked there.  See videos of former Del Monte employees sharing their memories.

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For over 100 years, the Del Monte Corporation and its ancestors – the California Packing Corporation, the California Fruit Canners Association and the San José Fruit Packing Company - processed high quality fruits and vegetables in San José, California. The center of Del Monte’s production was Plant Number 3, a sprawling complex on an irregular triangular site between San Carlos Street, Auzerais Avenue and Los Gatos Creek. Discover the history of Del Monte’s Plant Number 3 through its years of service from 1893 to 1999. Learn firsthand about cannery life from several Plant #3 employees through their video oral histories. Click on one of the topics to start that section of the exhibit. In each section, click on images for more information.

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Fruit can label redading "Mission Brand Yellow Cling Peaches"View a database that includes artifacts, photographs, and documents in the History San José collection which relate to Del Monte Plant #3 in San José, California.

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