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Web-only feature: Salmon labels highlight key aspects of local history

Published on June 23, 2017 1:37PM


LONG BEACH — There once were dozens of salmon canneries from Hammond to Clifton and Ilwaco to Eagle Cliff. They were key to the Columbia estuary’s early economy and settlement.

Often the only tangible things that remain are the can labels they used. Some are quite common, but others are extremely rare.

In honor of the ocean salmon season starting, Chinook Observer editor Matt Winters is sharing images of a few scarce labels he has come across in decades of collecting. These originate on the Lower Columbia and date from around 1886 to 1910.

If you like them enough, he might make others available for viewing in the future.















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