Tour of The Citrus Packing House-Fillmore
A packing house is a facility where fruit is received and processed prior to distribution to market.
Bulk fruit is delivered to the plant via trucks or wagons, where it is dumped into receiving bins and sorted for quality and size. In the case of citrus, ripe fruit with a greenish tint is placed in special storage rooms where ethylene gas is used to bring out the color. The fruit is transported via conveyor belts to the grading tables where it is visually sorted into three grades: top quality, average, and orchard run, and is then carried via belts to the packing tables. During the late 19th century top-grade fruit would be wrapped in printed tissue paper (a technique developed in the town of Orange, California in the 1880s) and placed in the boxes so that the printed names showed between the slats. In the 1920s tissue wrappers were replaced with printed logos, and ultimately paper stickers. Packed fruit is designated by size, based on the average number of pieces it takes to fill a box. In the days of wooden crates, sizes generally ranged from the 100s to the 390s, demonstrating the wide range of sizes. The sizes for the smaller cardboard boxes introduced in the 1950s and still in use today range from the 40s to the 210s.
Today, The Citrus Packing House-Fillmore is not used to process fruit. Inside you will find they restore old trailers such as Airstream, Antiques cars and other items. They also have a magnificent collection of items from the past in pristine condition. On your VIP tour, you will see those items.
Below are just a two of those items. (Not to ruin your tour, only 2 pictures are shown)
You must see all of exhibits.