Oldest Salmon Cannery. The accompanying illustration shows the oldest salmon cannery in the world which is located on the Columbia River at Eagle Cliff, Wash., about forty miles above Astoria. This cannery was built in the spring of 1866 by William Hume, who assisted in starting the first salmon cannery built on the Sacramento River two years previous to the building of the Eagle Cliff cannery. Finding the run on the Sacramento River was failing Mr. Hume moved to the Columbia River locating at Eagle Cliff. The original building is still standing. This cannery packed 4,000 cases during the first year it was operated and the following year 18,000 cases were packed without difficulty. This pack was increased to 28,000 cases in the next year. The first salmon canning was done in 1864 on the Sacramento River by G. W. Hume, William Hume, who built the Eagle Cliff cannery and Andrew S. Hapgood, who originally received his cannery experience in the state of Maine where he canned lobsters.
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