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“Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories”

Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories
Ranked #37 of 109 things to do in Monterey
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Owner description: A landmark on Cannery Row, this is the spot where John Steinbeck's good buddy and biologist Ed "Doc" Ricketts prepped the marine life he collected before shipping it to schools and medical facilities.
Reviewed 11 April 2013

What a great history to visit, see and smell the area where John Steinbeck roamed and friend of Doc Rickett...

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Reviewed 9 November 2011

Having read the book and seen the movie Cannery Row this allows you to put your finger on the real area and history.

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Reviewed 11 July 2007

This is strictly for Steinbeck fans--it is one of the main locales for "Cannery Row", the lab of Doc Ricketts. It is a plain wooden building that sadly is being surrounded by development, with a few reminders of the 1940s nearby. There is no sign or indication of what the building was. It used to be offices, but when we visited recently it did not seem to be occupied. It is not really a place to tour, but to see and to relive the great Steinbeck books.

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Reviewed 15 December 2003

I'm a teacher and chaperone for an annual "Monterey Trip" for junior high students. Prior to the trip we require students to read Steinbeck's Cannery Row in which are vivd descriptions of the row and its inhabitants. Steinbeck describe Doc's place, "Lee" Wing Chongs place, and the "Bear Flag Restaurant"in great detail. To actually see all of these places is amazing but to see Lee Chongs and the Bear Flag from inside Doc's place looking out is unreal. I felt as though I saw through Steinbeck's eyes what he described in this classic novel. It was incredible to see the living quarters but even more fascinating to see his lab with bottles that have original Pacific Biological labels.
To view the holding tanks out back that he used for his specimens was outstanding and the ocean view and the sounds of the waves crashing in the back was breathtaking. I have been fortunate enough to get inside Doc's place for three years in a row now. I actually just got back from my 3rd trip yesterday. I'd encourage anyone to go...but you have to read the book!!!!

9  Thank OzzyKO
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Reviewed 27 April 2016
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