“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salinas in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Steinbeck House

132 Central Avenue


—Salinas, California —

The Steinbeck House Marker image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, June 25, 2009
1. The Steinbeck House Marker
Inscription. This beautiful Victorian was built by merchant J. J. Conner in 1897, and sold at the turn of the century to John Ernst and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck. On February 27,1902 John Steinbeck was born in what is now the reception room. He remained a resident of the house until he left for Stanford University at age 17, returning home at various times. He wrote his first short stories and the novels "The Red Pony" and "Tortilla Flat" from behind the upstairs front window.

John Steinbeck was honored with the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for the "Grapes of Wrath" in 1940, and the Nobel prize in literature in 1962.

In 1973 the Valley Guild, a group of prominate women, purchased the house to preserve this literary landmark.
Erected 1995 by Monterey Viejo Chapter 1846 E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number N2098.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 40.6′ N, 121° 39.555′ W. Marker is in Salinas, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Central Avenue near Stone Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 132 Central Avenue, Salinas CA 93901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of
The Steinbeck House image. Click for full size.
By I.G.V.Atajar, June 25, 2009
2. The Steinbeck House
Marker is mounted on the wall to the right of the entrance door.
this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Sargent House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Salinas Railway Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baldwin Locomotive Class S – 10 Engine 1237 (approx. ¼ mile away); Southern Pacific Caboose # 726 (approx. ¼ mile away); The Oldest Home in Salinas (approx. ¼ mile away); Bataan Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of the First Salinas Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Salinas Temporary Detention Center (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Salinas.
Regarding The Steinbeck House. This site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 8, 2000.
Also see . . .
1. John Steinbeck. John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California. His native region of Monterey Bay was later the setting for most of his fiction. "We were poor people with a hell of a lot of land which made us think we were rich people," the author once recalled. Steinbeck's father was a county treasurer. From his mother, a teacher, Steinbeck learned to love books. (Submitted on December 4, 2009.) 

2. National Steinbeck Center. The National Steinbeck Center website offers links to information on the house and John Steinbeck. (Submitted on December 4, 2009.) 
Categories. 20th CenturyArts, Letters, MusicNotable Buildings
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By AP Photo
3. John Steinbeck
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