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Monterey in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

John Steinbeck and the Lara-Soto Adobe

 
 
John Steinbeck and the Lara-Soto Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
1. John Steinbeck and the Lara-Soto Adobe Marker
Inscription.  
In October 1944, John Steinbeck, his second wife Gwyn, and their infant son Thom returned to Monterey. On November 10, 1944 they moved into the Lara-Soto Adobe, “a house I have wanted since I was a little kid.”

Here he wrote The Pearl, a parable based on a story heard while on the Sea of Cortez trip with marine biologist Edward F. Ricketts.

The Steinbecks left for Mexico in April 1945 to help film The Pearl and never returned to the adobe.

Steinbeck was living in this adobe when his book Cannery Row was published in January 1945

This monument was dedicated on November 10, 1994
by
The Cannery Row Foundation.

 
Erected 1994 by The Cannery Row Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Buildings. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1945.
 
Location. 36° 35.967′ N, 121° 53.81′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Pierce Street south of West Franklin Street, on the
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right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 460 Pierce Street, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Casa Serrano (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Casa de la Torre (about 400 feet away); Roger Stanley Fitch (about 500 feet away); Alvarado Adobe (about 500 feet away); 19th Century Sailing Ship's Anchor (about 500 feet away); Gordon House (about 500 feet away); Larkin House (about 600 feet away); Chestnut Tree (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
John Steinbeck and the Lara-Soto Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
2. John Steinbeck and the Lara-Soto Adobe Marker
The Lara-Soto Adobe image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
3. The Lara-Soto Adobe
Lara-Soto Adobe image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
4. Lara-Soto Adobe
An adobe of the Mexican period

(Erected by the Monterey History and Art Association)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 750 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 15, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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