IN 'LA NOSTRA COSTA' I WRITE ABOUT THE BIG TRUCKS THAT USED TO CARRY CEMENT SACKS SOUTH ON THE COAST ROAD FROM THE PORTLAND CEMENT PLANT LOCATED IN DAVENPORT (LNC:pages 21-23). THE ARTICLE BELOW APPEARED IN THE SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL : 'BOOK BRIEFS' SECTION. OUR VERY OWN ALVERDA ORLANDO CONTRIBUTED GREATLY TO THE WRITING OF THIS BOOK, WHICH DESCRIBES THE ORGINS AND HISTORY OF THE CEMENT PLANT. IT CAN BE ORDERED BY CALLING CINDY NELSON AT THE PLANT AT 831-458-5761.
Cementing a bond with Davenport
Davenport — that sweet little town on the North Coast — was built soon after the Portland Cement Co. opened the second largest cement plant in the U.S. there.
The neighbors haven't been too keen on the noise and dust kicked up by the company, but there've been pluses.
Not only did Davenport cement help build the Pearl Harbor dry docks, the Panama Canal, the San Francisco Opera House, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Oakland Coliseum and BART, but the company, in the last couple of decades, has provided community support by establishing an endowment fund for Bonny Doon School and aiding the victims of 9/11 and the Indonesian tsunami.
This history — and more tidbits — can be found in the book "Davenport Cement Centennial: Honoring Our Past, Building the Future," sub-sub-titled, "The Story of the Davenport Cement Plant and the Important Part It Has Played and Continues to Play in California's History"
Created with the help of Cemex employees, Pacific School, Bonny Doon School, the Davenport Resource Service Center, UCSC Special Collections and the San Francisco Public Library, the book was written by Alverda Orlando and Bob Piwarzyk, with publishing support from Trisa Endicott and Hilary Haycock.
Copies are $20 and available by calling Cindy Nelson at the plant at 458-5761.