Historic Packing Houses and Other Industrial Structures in Southern California

Virtual Tour of San Diego County: Escondido

Copyright 2002 by James E. Lancaster, Ph.D.

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Escondido (ATSF)

The Escondido Orange Association packing plant was built in 1934-35 on the northwest side of the city. It was served by the Santa Fe branch line that originated in Oceanside on the Los Angeles-to-San Diego mainline. Details on this packing house were obtained from the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) web site (see below).

The packing house, last operated by Paramount Citrus Association under the name Cal Fame, was located on West Mission Avenue.


The following photos show the complex from all sides: (1) the front (north side) of the packing house from the northwest, with a 1972 addition of culling bins on the right (Photo-HH); (2) a close-up of the cull bin on the west side (Photo-HH); (3) the rear (south side) of the complex, including an icehouse on the east side (Photo-HH); (4) the southeast corner (Photo-HH); (5) the loading doors on the east side (Photo-HH); and (6) the northeast corner at the front of the building (Photo-HH). The HABS/HAER photos were taken in April 1991 by H. J. "Jim" Kolva. Additional information about the Escondido Orange Association packing house, including an extensive history and more photos, is available from the Library of Congress HABS/HAER web site (Escondido Orange Association Data Set).

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