Thornton Cannery

A bird’s eye view of the Thornton Cannery looking west shows the cannery at its prime. The Thornton Cannery was the brainchild of William Hammond, who owned hundreds of acres of fruit orchards in San Joaquin and Sacramento counties. He didn’t like the prices other canners were paying for his fruit, so he started a cannery, the Sacramento Valley Packing Company, in 1928. Ten years later, it became the Thornton Canning Company when Dale Hollenbeck, Fred Clarke and Nelson Nowell took over operations. California Canners and Growers (CalCan) purchased the cannery in 1957. This photo looks to be from the 1950s. The small town of Thornton hadn’t quite developed yet. Thanks to the Jacob S. Jacobson Jr. Estate for the photo.