Re: Canning - was Re: Baggage cars in freight trains
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Yes, American Can and Continental Can BOTH had large can plants in Seattle, as I mentioned earlier. American Can was on the Seattle downtown waterfront. Continental Can was near the Duwamish River that emptied into Puget Sound in south Seattle area. For RR content, here are some items:
Pier 69 now has no resemblance to what it looked like in the old days but I know there are some old photos of it on the internet somewhere as I have seen some. From the plant’s location, I must assume that NP switched American Can, probably exclusively.
The water tower on the roof used to have a big red concentric set of “CCC” on it for Continental Can Company. The water tower was left on the roof as a landmark but has not had any water in it since the 1965 Seattle earthquake. That earthquake caused the water tower on top of the Fisher’s flour mill to fall over and it caused the one fatality of that earthquake and was someone that our family knew. So water towers were drained after that so they wouldn’t slosh and fall over in earthquakes. Continental Can in Seattle was switched by UP. Some of the spur tracks are still visible. The junk yard next to the can plant to the west used to be Plant 31, the machine shop, and CCC owned all that property along the river and along the street where the junk yard is now (Seattle Iron & Metal).
I see the Bond Crown Division bottle cap plant on the map in Wilmington that Jay Styron mentioned. Also, look at the blue patches in VA, NC, SC, GA, and LA states. That land was owned (or leased) by Continental Can for their paper products divisions. That would make some good loads in and out for those who model the south, similar to what us Pacific Northwest modelers do with Weyerhaeuser and Scott Paper loads. Pulp wood and chemicals in, paper and cardboard out.
Also waxing nostalgic about the good old days in Seattle
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Dave Nelson
Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2022 11:17 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Canning - was Re: Baggage cars in freight trains
American can was another big mfgr of cans.
FWIW the sheet steel used to make cans was HUGE source of profit for steel mills, far more than anything else. As an example, there was a US Steel mill in Pittsburg CA that received sheet steel from Utah (DRGW/WP) to treat the metal for use in making cans. AFAIK it was pretty much all the plant did.
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jim Betz