Hovden Cannery

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Entrance to the Monterey Aquarium, located in the former Hovden Cannery building
Hovden Cannery display in the Monterey Aquarium

The Hovden Cannery in Cannery Row, Monterey, California was among the oldest, largest canneries of the Pacific Sardine Fishery. In the first half of the 20th century, it marked one of the most lucrative national fisheries.[1] It was a source for literary inspiration in the works of John Steinbeck.[2]

Hovden Cannery was founded in 1916 by Knute Hovden, a leading innovator in canning technology, and closed in 1973 after the collapse of the area fish population.[3][4][5]

The former cannery building is now the site of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which opened in 1984.[6]


  1. ^ "Hovden Cannery, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, Monterey County, CA". Library of Congress. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2016-01-30.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ Phyllis J. Hanniver (February 18, 1990). "Even Steinbeck Might Have Trouble Writing About Cannery Row Today". LA Times. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cannery Row offers hints of its history". SF Gate. September 16, 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Donald Fitzgerald (1979). "The history and significance of the Hovden Cannery, Cannery Row, Monterey, California, 1914-1973". Stanford University Library. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Rise of the canneries". Monterey Herald. December 26, 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Our History". Monterey Aquarium. Retrieved 18 February 2016.