October 8, 2006 |
SOME people hunt for out-of-state license plates, listen to a long piece of classical music or simply zone out while driving Interstate 5 through California's seemingly endless Central Valley, which is as flat and featureless as a tabletop. But those who have driven that stretch of highway more than a few times know that rest for the weary awaits at the Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant.
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November 23, 2001 |
The long Thanksgiving holiday hadn't even started, but the parking lot at the Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant was filling with the red-eyed and road-weary. Beverly Lund, a 46-year-old music industry executive, swung in for a bag of fruit on the way from Los Angeles to the Bay Area. Don Dakin, the owner of a San Diego optical manufacturing plant, took a break for a steak during a family trip to a second home in Lake Tahoe. Mel Grable had come even farther.
October 16, 2009
California restricts billboards along rural freeways, but there's a spot on Interstate 5 near Coalinga that's a better advertisement for vegetarianism than any Madison Avenue genius could ever devise. It is Harris Ranch, an 800-acre feedlot and meat-processing operation whose smell assaults passersby long before the panorama of thousands of cattle packed atop layers of their own manure appears. It's not without reason that wags have dubbed the place "Cowschwitz.":Cowschwitz.JPG Author Michael Pollan, whose 2006 bestseller, "The Omnivore's Dilemma," holds a high place amid a growing body of popular literature and scientific research critical of industrial agriculture, told an interviewer last year that the sight of Harris Ranch was one of the things that caused him to change the way he ate. This week, Harris Ranch Beef Co. Chairman David E. Wood got his revenge.
April 22, 2001 |
John Harris' cattle empire looks like small potatoes compared with meat giants IBP Inc. and Excel Corp., but here the rancher is a cattle baron, controlling almost a quarter of all cattle slaughtered in the state.
October 15, 2006
SUSAN SPANO found another winner ["Breaking Away From the Herd," Her World, Oct. 8] when she reported on the Harris Ranch, which serves as an oasis-type rest stop when driving the monotonous Interstate 5 through the Central Valley. My wife, Alda, and I have always looked forward to stopping there for relaxation and refreshments while driving between Los Angeles and Sacramento. Spano failed to mention that the ranch also is a great lunch destination for pilots because of an adjacent 2,800-foot runway with parking.
May 21, 1995 |
Halfway from Los Angeles to San Francisco, up the monotony of Interstate 5, Harris Ranch is a familiar traveler's refuge. Big red sign, can't miss it. Aficionados of beef began stopping for choice-grade steak and eggs, or steak and almost anything, when the restaurant and coffee shop opened next to the freeway in 1977. Ten years later the family company built a Spanish-style, beige stucco inn with Olympic-size pool, spa and gardens under the palm trees.