Samuel Elmore Cannery

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Elmore, Samuel, Cannery
Samuel Elmore Cannery - OR - NHL.jpg
Samuel Elmore Cannery while it was in operation, with a "Bumble Bee" sign hanging above the door
Samuel Elmore Cannery is located in Astoria OR
Samuel Elmore Cannery
Location On the waterfront at the foot of Flavel St., Astoria, Oregon
Coordinates 46°11′30″N 123°50′45″W / 46.191667°N 123.845833°W / 46.191667; -123.845833Coordinates: 46°11′30″N 123°50′45″W / 46.191667°N 123.845833°W / 46.191667; -123.845833
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1881
NRHP Reference # 66000638
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 13, 1966
Designated NHL November 13, 1966[2]
Removed from NRHP July 16, 1993[1]

Samuel Elmore Cannery was a U.S. National Historic Landmark in Astoria, Oregon that was designated in 1966 but was delisted in 1993.[2]

The home of "Bumble Bee" brand tuna, it was the longest continuously-operated salmon cannery in the United States, from its construction in 1898 until decommissioning in 1980. The canned salmon industry was a cornerstone of the Northwest's resource-based economy from the late 1860s until after World War II. Amidst declining salmon stocks, the cannery diversified into tuna in the 1930s. Due to structural deterioration, the building was slated for demolition in 1991, and it burned in 1993.[2]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (July 23, 1993), Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 7/12/93 through 7/16/93 (PDF), retrieved September 25, 2015 .
  2. ^ a b c National Park Service, National Historic Landmark Program: Samuel Elmore Cannery, archived from the original on September 26, 2015, retrieved May 24, 2016 .