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

Historic Harvey House

1868

 
 
Historic Harvey House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, May 26, 2018
1. Historic Harvey House Marker
Inscription. This house was constructed in 1868 by Isaac J. Harvey, before the arrival of the railroad, before the town's founding when only twelve other structures stood. Salinas City grew and the Harvey family helped lay its foundation. With son Benton, Isaac opened a mercantile store on Main Street and became the town's first mayor. Daughter, Sophronia, became the first teacher. Her class had only 9 students including sister, Mabel. Today that district has over 900.

Today, the historic Harvey House, grounds and original cookhouse is [sic] run by a small nonprofit agency. Its mission is to serve as an anchor for educational and cultural programs dedicated to historical exploration and discovery of shared community. The home has been completely restored, the family documents, photographs, clothes and furniture saved and returned, giving us a rare glimpse of earl community life.
 
Location. 36° 40.717′ N, 121° 39.328′ W. Marker is in Salinas, California, in Salinas County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Station Place and Railroad Avenue. Touch for map. Marker can be seen from the parking lot near the intersection of Station Place and Railroad Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Station Place, Salinas CA 93901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Harvey House image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, May 26, 2018
2. Harvey House
The marker is visible to the right of the left palm tree.
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Oldest Home in Salinas (a few steps from this marker); Southern Pacific Caboose # 726 (within shouting distance of this marker); Baldwin Locomotive Class S – 10 Engine 1237 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bataan Park (about 400 feet away); The Salinas Railway Station (about 400 feet away); The Steinbeck House (approx. mile away); The Sargent House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the First Salinas Library (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salinas.
 
Regarding Historic Harvey House. The Historic Harvey House, also known as the Isaac. J. Harvey House or First Mayor's House was home to Salinas' First Mayor, Isaac Julian Harvey, his wife, Sarah and their children (Benton, Sophronia, Josephine, and Mabel). Today, it is one of only ten homes that still exist from early Salinas, and it is the only one that operates as a museum and cultural heritage center to interpret early history of Salinas for local schoolchildren. Moved two times since it was built in 1868, the Historic Harvey House is significant for its connection to the transportation age and the coming of the Southern Pacific Railroad to Salinas, California.
www:thefirstmayorhouse.org
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Isaac J. Harvey House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
3. Isaac J. Harvey House
Built 1868
First Mayor of Salinas 1874
Harvey House image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, May 26, 2018
4. Harvey House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2018, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2018, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California.   3. submitted on March 5, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on June 4, 2018, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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