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John Steinbeck and the Lara-Soto Adobe

 
 
John Steinbeck and the Lara-Soto Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
 
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 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.
 
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
John Steinbeck and the Lara-Soto Adobe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
2. John Steinbeck and the Lara-Soto Adobe Marker
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); Merritt House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
Also see . . .  Lara-Soto Adobe - Historic Monterey. The Lara-Soto Adobe's early history bears an atmosphere of mystery. While legal records show that the property was first granted to Dona Feliciana Lara in 1849 (one of the few lots granted directly to a woman), legend says that the huge Monterey cypress in the front yard was planted as a seedling over the grave of a child who died in infancy in a house that stood there in the 1830s. (Submitted on February 15, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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The Lara-Soto Adobe image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
3. The Lara-Soto Adobe
Lara-Soto Adobe image. Click for full size.
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 June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 15, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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