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

The Steinbeck House

132 Central Avenue

 

—Salinas, California —

 
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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. Touch 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 walking distance of this
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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.
marker. The Sargent House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Salinas Railway Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Baldwin Locomotive Class S – 10 Engine 1237 (approx. ¼ mile away); Southern Pacific Caboose # 726 (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Harvey House (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). Touch for a list and map 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 . . .  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
 
John Steinbeck image. Click for full size.
By AP Photo
3. John Steinbeck
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2009, by I.G.V.Atajar of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 1,644 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 4, 2009, by I.G.V.Atajar of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on December 4, 2009. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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