HSSA Annual Meeting 2020
The California Barrel Company:
Arcata’s Biggest Business
For decades, the California Barrel Company (CABCO), was the biggest employer in Arcata. Early on, it made barrels for the Spreckles Sugar Company, later expanding to supply containers to China and to provide wire-bound crates for produce and machinery in the United States.
The company cut spruce and other trees in several parts of Humboldt County, including Fickle Hill and a portion of what later became Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Much of its mill, just northwest of Samoa Boulevard and L Street in Arcata, still stands, recalling the days when it provided the paychecks for 1,142 workers.
Architecture enthusiasts will welcome an account of the Koster Mansion, the San Francisco residence of John Koster, CABCO’s founder. The Kosters were probably the cleanest family in the City, since their twin-turreted home had 13 bathrooms.
So, join us on Saturday, March 14, as we harken back to yesteryears and once again “Roll out the (Cal) Barrel!”
California Barrel Company (to left) c. 1910.
Cants at the Cal Barrel Co.