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

Jules Simoneau Plaza

Of the City of Monterey

 

—Rededicated September 28, 1969 —

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
1. Jules Simoneau Plaza Marker
Inscription.
Jules Simoneau
June 1819 – August 1908

Robert Louis Stevenson inscribed this message in the frontpiece of his book “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – but the case of Robert Louis Stevenson and Jules Simoneau, if the one forgot the other, would be stranger still.”

Jules Simoneau, a French immigrant, came to Monterey in the 1870’s and operated a restaurant on this site. The restaurant was frequented by Robert Louis Stevenson in the fall of 1876. During his stay in Monterey, Stevenson made many descriptive notes which later appeared in is tales. When he fell ill it was Jules Simoneau who nursed him back to health. Stevenson’s gratitude and affection for his friend was later shown by sending him copies of the first American editions of his books with an affectionate note and signature in each. These books and his letters to Simoneau are now in the rare books and special collections section of the University of California Library at Berkeley. This plaza was first dedicated on May 17, 1967.
 
Erected 1969 by City of Monterey.
 
Location. 36° 35.841′ N, 121° 53.667′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker is
Jules Simoneau Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
2. Jules Simoneau Plaza Marker
on Munras Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located in Simoneau Plaza. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 Munras Avenue, Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cooper-Molera Adobe (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Simoneau’s Restaurant (within shouting distance of this marker); First Newspaper in California (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Juan Bautista Alvarado (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stevenson House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Robert Louis Stevenson House (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Stevenson House (about 300 feet away); Casa Amesti (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
Also see . . .  Jules Simoneau 1820-1908. Jules Simoneau, a well-educated French immigrant, owned and operated a restaurant in Monterey during the latter part of the 19th century. The restaurant was frequented by a broad range of immigrants and Californios. (Submitted on February 20, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Simoneau Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 12, 2013
3. Simoneau Plaza
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 20, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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