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

Old Monterey Jail

 
 
Old Monterey Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2010
1. Old Monterey Jail Marker
Inscription. Built in 1854 when Monterey was the county seat. The building was used as the city jail until 1956.
 
Location. 36° 35.856′ N, 121° 53.863′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker is at the intersection of Dutra Street and King Street, on the right on Dutra Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vasquez Adobe (within shouting distance of this marker); Colton Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Colton Hall – Site of California’s Original Constitution (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Seal of the State of California (within shouting distance of this marker); Chaplain Walter Colton, U.S.N., 1787-1851 (within shouting distance of this marker); Monterey History Time Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Gordon House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Underwood – Brown Adobe (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on two poles directly in front of the jail on the Dutra Street (west or back) side of Colton Hall.
 
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Old Monterey Jail and Marker - view from west image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2010
2. Old Monterey Jail and Marker - view from west
From the HABS architectural description: The building is a one-story stone building constructed in 1854, comprising 6 prison cells and 2 administration offices, with a third room in the wing connecting the building with Colton Hall. The stone is rough granite ashlar, cut to uniform height and irregular length, laid up in running bond and left exposed.

1. The Old Monterey Jail. The City of Monterey's page for the Jail. Contains little information, but provides an odd sidebar newspaper story of boys, guns, and jail time that likely have been much different had it happened today instead of 1875. (Submitted on February 10, 2011.) 

2. Old Jail. Historic Monterey's page for the jail: In 1854, a few years after California achieved statehood, Monterey — as the county seat and a center of government and commerce — felt the need for a jail to serve the requirements of Colton Hall, which was then the courthouse. C.F. Gilmer was engaged to construct a small rectangular structure... (Submitted on February 10, 2011.) 

3. Historic American Building Survey (HABS) Record for Colton Hall and the Monterey Jail. Photos and detailed information for Colton Hall and the Monterey Jail (but mostly Colton Hall). (Submitted on February 10, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Old Monterey Jail - east (Colton Hall) side image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 22, 2010
3. Old Monterey Jail - east (Colton Hall) side
Old Monterey Jail and Colton Hall image. Click for full size.
Unknown, image courtesy of the Historic American Building Survey, 1890
4. Old Monterey Jail and Colton Hall
The jail, built in 1854, abuts Colton Hall, built 1847-49. Colton Hall was the site of California's constitutional convention (September 1 - October 15, 1849), and is California State Historical Landmark number 126.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 10, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 703 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 10, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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