Minnesota Canneries
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 43° 59.178 W 093° 15.452
15T E 479347 N 4870383
Quick Description: Historical marker located at rest stop on I-35 south commemorating the canning industry of southern Minnesota.
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 12/12/2007 6:26:26 AM
Waymark Code: WM2R64
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member KC0GRN
Views: 40

Long Description:

Minnesota Canneries

Early settlers grew bumper wheat crops on south Minnesota's fertile prairies, land that today supplies produce for a thriving 270-million-dollar-a-year canning industry.

Sweet corn canneries opened in Austin and Mankato in the early 1880s, followed soon after by similar factories in Faribault, Owatonna, and LeSueur.  Soon Minnesota's canners were experimenting with new technologies and new products, and in 1903 the automated Big Stone Cannery Company founded by F.W. Douthitt changed the industry nationwide.  Douthitt's plant in Ortonville had a conveyor system, mechanical corn husking machines, and a power driven cutter that produced the first whole kernel canned corn.  The Green Giant Company, introduced golden cream-style corn in 1924 and the first vacuum packed corn in 1929.

Corn is still the major canning crop in Minnesota.  The state's more than thirty plants also freeze and can peas, beans, carrots, tomatoes, pork, beef, chicken products, and such unusual items as rutabagas.  Mankato was the site of the nation's first carp cannery in 1946. ~ text of marker

Marker Type:: Roadside

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