San Diego tuna industry, part one
San Diego has a long history association with tuna. In fact, Bumble Bee Foods has its corporate world headquarters right here in San Diego.
There is a Tuna Harbor in San Diego, which is where the tuna boats were based many years ago. A peninsula accessible by Tuna Lane separates Tuna Harbor from Tuna Harbor Park, which has four war memorials — USS San Diego (CL-53), Battle of Leyte Gulf, Unconditional Surrender, and the National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military.
Interestingly, there is no memorial to the tuna industry at Tuna Harbor or Tuna Harbor Park. For that, you have to drive two miles south into the industrial heart of downtown San Diego, to 1449 Cesar Chavez Parkway:
The park used to be called Crosby Street Park, as shown on the Google map, but is now called Cesar Chavez Park.
There you have a view of the Coronado Bridge and heavy industry, including trains at the BNSF Railroad yard, the 32nd Street Naval Station (largest Navy base on the West Coast), and the huge NASSCO ship building facility.
It was fun to walk to the end of the pier and spend a few minutes watching the shipping traffic.
In an upcoming post, I will show you all the wonderful tuna industry history that is located in this little park, a hidden jewel since few people venture into the heavy industrial area south of downtown San Diego. I do, of course, always intent on bringing you scenes from San Diego and Southern California!
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Posted on September 17, 2013, in Halls of History, History, Manmade, Out & About, Photos, Videos and tagged 32nd street naval station san diego, battle of leyte gulf, bnsf railroad san diego, bumble bee foods, cesar chavez park san diego, coronado bridge san diego, crosby street park san diego, nassco ship building san diego, national salute to bob hope san diego, remote control locomotives, remote control railroad, San Diego, san diego tuna industry, tuna harbor park, tuna harbor san diego, u.s. coast guard, uncondition surrender statue san diego, uss san diego CL-53. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.