Monterey, California: Doc Ricketts Death Site

John Steinbeck's marine biologist friend (and hero of his novels) was killed in a car hit by a train on March 8, 1948. The small park marking the spot includes a bust of Doc Ricketts and an old railroad crossing light.

Address:
Drake Ave., Monterey, CA
Directions:
NW corner of Drake Ave. and Wave St.
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Doc Ricketts Death Site.

Doc Ricketts Death Site

Near Monterey's famous Cannery Row at the intersection of Drake Avenue and Wave Street is a small park dedicated to the memory of Doc Ricketts the hero of John Steinbeck's novels and his book Cannery Row. The marine biologist, who was a friend of Steinbeck's, was killed in his car at this spot on March 8, 1948 when he collided with the evening train as it crossed through the intersection.

The park is a fitting memorial with its bronze bust of Doc Ricketts holding a starfish along with a section of railroad track and RR crossing warning sign and lights. Benches between the tracks and offer the passerby a place to rest and reflect upon this famous character.

[Phil Pasquini, 09/04/2013]

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