1957: Mushroom Plant To Hire 100 Employees

From the “Half Moon Bay Review & Pescadero Pebble,” 1957

“Construction work has started on the long awaited $2,000,000 Campbell Soup Company mushroom plant at Gazos Creek, south of Pescadero.

“The plant, originally announced two years ago, will be the largest mushroom production center west of the Mississippi river.

“Nearly 100 employees will be required to tend the 10 buildings where the fungus buttons are to be grown.

“John Bolles, San Francisco architect who designed the project will supervise construction which should be completed before the end of the year, according to company officials.

“Members of the various Pescadero boards see this as a boon not only in payrolls but in added assessed valuation, thereby meaning more on the tax rolls.

“Mrs. Cathleen Allen, retiring High School board chairman stated that this would certainly ease the ever increasing tax burden on the private citizen. ‘This, added industry and payrolls, are what we need,’ she declared.

“The property right off Coast Highway at Gazos Creek, was purchased several years ago and work has long been anticipated. However, the company first hit a water company that delayed the project.”

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