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

Dutton Hotel

 
 
Dutton Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, September 23, 2012
1. Dutton Hotel Marker
Inscription. In 1849, Antonio Ramirez built a small adobe on the El Camino Real, near the site of the ancient Indian village, Holamna. As a main artery to California's gold fields, the El Camino Real brought many travelers past Ramirez's place. He transformed his adobe into an inn and stage stop and soon enjoyed a brisk business.

Eventually, the Inn became the nucleus of the town Jolon. Ramirez sold the building in 1871 and it changed hands three more times before it was purchased by Lt. George Dutton and Capt. Thomas Tidball in 1876. Dutton, who became the sole owner in 1878, added a second story of adobe and wood frame structures at either end. Jolon's first post office was located at the Inn, and Dutton added a store and saloon. The saloon boasted a huge fireplace, 6 or 8 poker tables, and an ornate bar which came around the Horn.

By 1876, Jolon had grown into a thriving town serving the Los Burros Mines, surrounding ranches, and many travelers. However, when the railroad came to King City in 1886 traffic followed the railroad, and the old Camino Real fell into disuse. Soon after, the Los Burros Mines gave out as well, and business at the Dutton died down.

William Randolph Hearst purchased the property in 1929 and removed the Dutton's outbuildings as well as many other Jolon structures. In 1940, the U.S. Army acquired
Dutton Hotel & Markers image. Click for full size.
By James King, September 23, 2012
2. Dutton Hotel & Markers
The wooden marker to the right of the marker reads:
Dutton Hotel
This former Federal property was granted to Monterey County for public parks, recreation and historic monument purposes on September 23, 1976.
Monterey County Parks Dept.
the property, and the adobe was used as a bivouac area. Vandalism and exposure to the elements finally destroyed the building, leaving only an adobe ruin. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976
 
Location. 35° 58.483′ N, 121° 10.533′ W. Marker is in King City, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Jolon Road (County Route G14) 0.4 miles north of Mission Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: King City CA 93930, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jolon ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Jose Mario Gil Adobe ( approx. 1.2 miles away); The Hacienda ( approx. 4.5 miles away); De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776 ( approx. 5 miles away); First Marriage in California ( approx. 5 miles away); Lockwood ( approx. 5.8 miles away); Pleyto ( approx. 12.5 miles away).
 
Regarding Dutton Hotel. At some point someone built a pole barn structure to protect the adobe ruin from the elements but now, even it, is becoming derelict.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Dutton Hotel image. Click for full size.
By James King, September 23, 2012
3. Dutton Hotel
Dutton Hotel (site of Jolon marker is in the distance) image. Click for full size.
By James King, September 23, 2012
4. Dutton Hotel (site of Jolon marker is in the distance)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 396 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 25, 2012, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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