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

Spreckels Historic District

 
 
Spreckels Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 18, 2013
1. Spreckels Historic District Marker
Inscription. The town of Spreckels was established by Claus Spreckels in 1898 as a company town to provide a complete community (including store, school, hotel, church, theater, etc.) for employees of the Spreckels Sugar Company. When built, the Spreckels Factory #1 was the largest and most innovative sugar beet factory in the world. It operated here from 1898 to 1982, and was demolished in 1992. The town of Spreckels retains its original street grid, park, and most of the buildings constructed for the Spreckels Sugar Company between 1898 and 1957. Some of the oldest buildings and residences were designed by noted architect, William Weeks.
 
Location. 36° 37.253′ N, 121° 38.596′ W. Marker is in Spreckels, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Harris Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4 Harris Road, Spreckels CA 93962, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spreckels Sugar Beet Factory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hill Town Ferry (approx. 1.6 miles away); Site of the First Salinas Library (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Sargent House (approx. 4 miles away); The Steinbeck House
Spreckels Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 18, 2013
2. Spreckels Historic District Marker
(approx. 4 miles away); Bataan Park (approx. 4 miles away); The Oldest Home in Salinas (approx. 4.1 miles away); Southern Pacific Caboose # 726 (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spreckels.
 
Also see . . .  Spreckels, California - Wikipedia. Spreckels is one of the best-preserved company towns in the United States. It was built to house workers for the Spreckels Sugar Company plant which operated there from 1899 until 1982, named after its founder "Sugar King" Claus Spreckels. (Submitted on March 4, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Greater Downtown Spreckels image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 18, 2013
3. Greater Downtown Spreckels
 
 
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 350 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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