Historic Packing Houses, Packing Sheds and Other Industrial Structures

Lodi (SP, CCT) 

Copyright 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 by James E. Lancaster, Ph.D.

Contributing Photographers:
Scott Anderson, Gene Deimling, and Gene Martin.

Web Page Created June 2, 2004
Last Updated December 26, 2011

Notice: The images - photographs, drawings, maps and track diagrams - presented in this web site are the property of the respective contributors and may not be used for any purpose without permission. For more information see Photo Credits and Restrictions.


Aerial Photos of Lodi

The photo above was taken in 1936. The SP main line runs across the center of the photo from right to left. Stockton would be to the right and Sacramento to the left. The SP passenger depot is in the center of the photo at the uper left of the arch, partially hiden by trees. The SP freight station is at the middle right across from a string of box cars. The Earl Fruit Company is at the left. (Gene Martin collection)


The photo above was also taken in 1936. The SP main line runs from bottom to top toward Sacramento. (Gene Martin collection)

panoramic view by Joseph Stearns shows Lodi in 1944 (photo from Library of Congress). 


Views of Lodi

The arch visible in the first aerial photo from 1936 is shown here in July 2006, 70 years later. (Jim Lancaster photo) 

The photo above looks south from East Pine Street along the ex-SP tracks toward Stockton in July 2006. A UP freight train is in the distance. (Jim Lancaster photo)

The photo of the wig wag was taken in the early 1970s. It is looking east along East Pine Street from almost the same location that the photo in Figure 10 was taken. The cabooses are from SP locals. (Scott Anderson photo)

The photo above looks north from Lodi Ave. along the ex-SP tracks toward Sacramento in August 2006. A UP freight train is in the distance. The building at the far right is the Central California Traction (CCT) freight house. (Jim Lancaster photo)


Photos of Packing Houses, Packing Sheds and Other Industrial Structures

Page 1

The locations covered on this web page are identified by number on the photo below (Figure 1). 


Figure 1. Locations of packing houses and other structures.

The names associated with each location have changed over the years. Table 1 shows the names as listed in the different sources.


Table 1. Names associated with locations in Figure 1.


Location 1: Site of Former Packing House


Figure 2. Liquor store on the former site of a packing house served by the SP Woodbridge Branch. (Jim Lancaster photo, 2006)

The liquor store in Figure 2 is on the site once occupied by a packing house (see Table 1). It is an odd shape because the tracks of the ex-SP Woodbridge branch left the mainline just to the left of the building and curved behind it.

Location 2: Earl Fruit Company


Figure 3. Earl Fruit Company in the 1970s. (Gene Martin Collection)


Figure 4. Earl Fruit Company in the 1970s. (Gene Martin Collection)


Figure 5. Earl Fruit Company. (Gene Deimling photo)


Figure 6. Earl Fruit Company. (Gene Deimling photo)


Figure 7. Earl Fruit Company in July 2006. (Jim Lancaster photo)


Figure 8. Earl Fruit Company in July 2006. (Jim Lancaster photo)


Figure 9. This 2006 photo taken from East Pine Street near the current Amtrak station shows the Earl Fruit Company in the distance. (Jim Lancaster photo)

Compare the photo above (Figure 9) with the photo below taken by Scott Anderson in the early 1970s from almost the same location. The SP passenger station was moved one block south and became the Amtrak station.


Figure 10. Southern Pacific station with the Earl Fruit Company in the distance. (Scott Anderson photo)

There's a model of the Earl Fruit Company on the Modeling Lodi web page.

Unfortunately the remaining Earl Fruit Company structure was demolished sometime around 2010.


Location 3: United Packing Company


Figure 11. Former United Packing Company in the 1970s. (Gene Martin collection)


Figure 12. Former United Packing Company in the 1970s. (Gene Martin collection)


Figure 13. Former United Packing Company in the 1970s. (Gene Martin collection)

Locations 4 and 5: John Graffigna Grower and Shipper


Figure 14. Front of the John Graffigna packing house in the 1950s. (Lodi Library, Gene Martin collection)


Figure 15. Front and Main Street sides of the former John Graffigna packing house in July 2006. The brick structure and the building directly behind it are at Location 5. The open structure at the rear is at Location 4. (Jim Lancaster photo)


Figure 16. Front of the former John Graffigna packing house in July 2006.
(Jim Lancaster photo)


Figure 17. Track side of the former John Graffigna packing house in July 2006. (Jim Lancaster photo)



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Historic Packing Houses and Other Industrial Structures in Southern California


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