A couple of weeks ago, I paid a visit to a place originally called Ocean View Avenue, in Monterey, California.
In the early 1900s, this street was locally known as “Cannery Row”, due to the number of sardine canneries lining the street. But of course, it only really achieved notoriety as the thinly-veiled inspiration for author John Steinbeck. In 1958, fourteen years after the novel Cannery Row was published, the name of the street was officially changed to its longtime nickname in honor of the book and its author.
Now, I read Cannery Row when I was a teenager but I remembered nothing about it, so when I got home, I pulled my yellowed copy off my bookshelf. Read more on Perceptive Travel.