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Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's LabThe Emergence of Environmentalism$
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Michael Lannoo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520264786

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520264786.001.0001

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The Lab

The Lab

(p.59) Chapter Seven The Lab
Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

Michael J Lannoo

University of California Press

When Edward F. Ricketts arrived, the Monterey Peninsula was “still a quiet part of the world, a pleasant end of the road along one of the loveliest of seashores.” In an airplane “it looks like a bear's head jutting out into the sea, Pacific Grove is in the bear's mouth, Cannery Row lies under its jaw, and Monterey, the largest of the three towns, spreads out along its throat and chest.” Aside from churches, in 1923 the principal intellectual establishment of the peninsula was the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, recently relocated to Cabrillo Point, not far from the canneries. After only a year in business together, Ricketts and Albert E. Galigher dissolved their partnership. Ricketts became the sole owner of Pacific Biological Laboratories. During the spring and summer of 1932, John Steinbeck's wife Carol was also in the Lab quite a lot, working part-time for Ricketts. In late 1936, Cannery Row caught fire and Ricketts's Lab was incinerated. By the end of January 1937, a new Lab was built.

Keywords:   Edward F. Ricketts, Monterey Peninsula, Albert E. Galigher, Pacific Biological Laboratories, John Steinbeck, Cannery Row, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University

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