Hayward History Lives On
Interesting Tale Behind the Fruit
Behind every family, home or monument, there is a story. And for those who have recently strolled past the bronze sculpture of a pleasingly plump cherry in the park near TRI Pointe Homes’ blossoming community of Blackstone at the Cannery, there is an interesting tale to learn behind the towering fruit.
That lone cherry represents the history of the region, once renowned for its rich farming and agricultural lands. Joseph and William Hunt launched the Hunt Foods cannery there in 1898 and were responsible for processing, then canning many locally grown fruits and vegetables, including peaches, apricots and, yes, cherries.
The cannery in Hayward continued to thrive and in 1961, more than a half-century later served as the largest fruit and vegetable canning factory in the world. At one point, the cannery processed up to 12 million pounds of tomatoes each day.
Of course, time marches on and eventually many of those verdant fields transformed into homes and neighborhoods where families now grow into new and prosperous lives.
We love being able to share this bit of history with you. And we love even more that this monument stands in memory of how our little part of the world served and fed so many across the nation and beyond!