Canning Factory

Canning Factory (HM1R8D)

Location: Lowell, AR 72745 Benton County
Country: United States of America
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N 36° 15.249', W 94° 7.89'

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January 1936, Tom Farish & Joe Steele started building a canning factory using a lot of donated labor. The first run of green beans was June 26, 1936, tomatoes July 22, 1936, followed by spinach and other products later on.
After Tom Farish died, in August of 1946, his daughter, Maudine Farish Sanders, managed it for two years before her family sold to Joe Steele. Several years later Steele sold to Allen Canning Company. Operations ceased in mid 1990's when equipment was moved out and the factory torn down, leaving only Allen's warehouse and their water tower.
For many years this factory was the main place to work in Lowell. It fed many people either by payroll check or by no label, bent cans, sold to employees at $1.00 per case of 24. A boilerman's 6:00 am whistle meant 7:00 am clock-in. 1-long blast alerted the green bean crew. 2-long blasts called in the spinach crew. Daily USDA runs in the thousands were shipped everywhere.
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The tower, no longer needed for canning, stands as a silent reminder of its life sustaining past to the City of Lowell. June, 2009
HM NumberHM1R8D
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Date Added Friday, March 25th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 398346 N 4012731
Decimal Degrees36.25415000, -94.13150000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 15.249', W 94° 7.89'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 15' 14.94" N, 94° 7' 53.4" W
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Area Code(s)479
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 305 E Monroe Ave, Lowell AR 72745, US
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