125 rhubarbIn 1893, Adam Knoblauch shipped the first field rhubarb to Seattle in gunnysacks.  From there, an industry was born that exists even today.  In the mid-1900s, the best rhubarb stalks were cut to size to be packed  in crates for sale.  Lesser quality stalks were taken to a facility in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood to be canned, with a lot of sugar.  Photo by BartonL. Attebery, courtesy of the Ota Family.

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