Former United Fruit Company

A former but very odd machine
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A former but very odd machine


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #23_5865BCX
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The old sign rang false
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The old sign rang false


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #03_5812BCX
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Former employee housing being remodeled
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Former employee housing being remodeled


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #04_5814BCX
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The grounds of the old factory, now abandoned
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The grounds of the old factory, now abandoned


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #05_5816BCX
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An old crankshaft remained on the grounds
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An old crankshaft remained on the grounds


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #06_5821BCX
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The Club Banana was actually open
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The Club Banana was actually open


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #07_5824BCX
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A puppy greeted those who passed by
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A puppy greeted those who passed by


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #08_3109TNT
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The road has been unmaintained for years
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The road has been unmaintained for years


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #09_5828BCX
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Assorted former housing climbed the hill
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Assorted former housing climbed the hill


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #10_5830BCX
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The wiring appeared a bit haphazard
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The wiring appeared a bit haphazard


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #11_5833BCX
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The rental office for the old housing
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The rental office for the old housing


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #12_5837BCX
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The old offices appeared run down
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The old offices appeared run down


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #13_5838BCX
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The old hospital was abandoned but guarded
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The old hospital was abandoned but guarded


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #14_5841BCX
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The old screen had been punched inward
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The old screen had been punched inward


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #15_5842BCX
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Former management housing high up the hill
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Former management housing high up the hill


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #16_5843BCX
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The back end of the abandoned old hospital
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The back end of the abandoned old hospital


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #17_5845BCX
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Old offices lay below the hospital
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Old offices lay below the hospital


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #18_5849BCX
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The front side of the abandoned hospital
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The front side of the abandoned hospital


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #19_5850BCX
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A wall surrounded the yard of one old house
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A wall surrounded the yard of one old house


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #20_5855BCX
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The recreation center and pool were still in use
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The recreation center and pool were still in use


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #21_5856BCX
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Old offices currently being used
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Old offices currently being used


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #22_5858BCX
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Where the former company housing began
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Where the former company housing began


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #02_5811BCX
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A boat laid up by a building on the former company dock
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A boat laid up by a building on the former company dock


Former United Fruit Company   •  South end of Quepos, Costa Rica   •  (Photo taken 19 September 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #24_5867BCX
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Trena McDermott April 9, 2012

It is amazing to find these pictures. My husband, Patrick, grew up here, his father Percy McDermott (Mr. Mac) was the boss at this plant. We went to Quepos two years ago, and got to see his house up on the hill. I am sure these pictures are going to bring him many memories...thank you!!


David Labate June 20, 2012

Thanks for posting these pictures! I lived in Parrita and attended 2nd and 3rd grades in Quepos. My little sister was born in that hospital (1952). It's sad to see such a beautiful place looking so abandoned, but I guess life moves on and nothing remains the same.


Anonymous Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:21:29

I am amazed to see thess pics. My family has lived in Quepos since before the Banana Company was there. My grandfather was the only Guinchero in all of the area he was constantly being taken to different muelles to work. My uncles later also worked there and I remember my mom telling me how they use to go get their glass bottles of milk with little paper caps from this building. I would go by this place when we returned to Quepos for vacations from The USA, Down the street there were very long stairs leading up the to the CERRO to the workers homes and my family lived there for many many years. My family is one of much much older families of the area and I have gone to Quepos and seen how of the Old Quepos there is only but a glimpse here and there. It is beautiful now but it was amazing than. The struggles to overcome made it worth living there. I LOVE QUEPOS, thank you for sharing.

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