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

Natividad

(New Natividad)

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, February 18, 2013
1. Natividad Marker
Inscription. This intersection on the Old Stage Road between San Francisco and Los Angeles is the site of the second and last location of Natividad, a busy and important staging and business establishment before Salinas city was created. Originally in the Gavilan House at Lagunita two and one-half miles north, the United States Post Office moved here in 1865 and around it grew a trading post of stores, a coast stage depot and stables, a hotel, a schoolhouse, and the saloon and billiard hall kept by Michael Alpite, its multi-colored sigh proclaiming wines – liquors – cigars. The arrival of the R.R. at Salinas in 1872 was the beginning of the end for Natividad. The P.O. closed in 1908 and the dilapidated Natividad saloon resting on this corner, the last proud commercial vestige of a true ghost town of the Old West, was demolished in the summer of 1964. R.I.P.

Dedicated by Monterey Viejo No. 1846 E Clampus Vitus
Saturday May 4, 1991
 
Erected 1991 by E Clampus Vitus, Monterey Viejo Chapter No. 1846.
 
Location. 36° 43.955′ N, 121° 35.84′ W. Marker is in Salinas, California, in Monterey County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Stage Road and Old Natividad Road, on the right when traveling south on
Natividad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 18, 2013
2. Natividad Marker
Old Stage Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 690 Old Stage Road, Salinas CA 93908, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Natividad (approx. 2.8 miles away); Eugene Sherwood (approx. 4 miles away); Salinas Temporary Detention Center (approx. 4.1 miles away); The First and Second Filipino Infantry Regiments U.S. Army (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Oldest Home in Salinas (approx. 4.9 miles away); Southern Pacific Caboose # 726 (approx. 4.9 miles away); Baldwin Locomotive Class S – 10 Engine 1237 (approx. 4.9 miles away); Bataan Park (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salinas.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 4, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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