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

Gonzales

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2013
1. Gonzales Marker
Inscription. On September 26, 1836, Teodoro Gonzalez received a grant to the 15,218.62 acre Rancho Rincon de la Puente de Monte (“nook of the point of the woods”). Teodoro’s sons, Alfredo and Mariano, laid out a town on the Rancho and assured its prosperity by deeding a 100-foot right-of-way to the approaching Southern Pacific Railroad, which arrived in late 1872. The Gonzales Post Office was established on December 1, 1873. (No one knows how the city got its spelling – the family, who was listed as “Gonzallas” in the 1850 census, spelled their name with a “Z”). The city incorporated 73 years later, on January 17, 1947.
 
Erected 2004 by E Clampus Vitus, Monterey Viejo Chapter No. 1846.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 36° 30.489′ N, 121° 26.588′ W. Marker is in Gonzales, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on 4th Street near Center Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 145 4th Street, Gonzales CA 93926, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mustard Seed Trail (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct
Gonzales Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2013
2. Gonzales Marker
line); Gonzales Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away); The Stag Saloon (about 700 feet away); Railroad Station Site (approx. 8½ miles away); Cesar Chavez Park (approx. 8½ miles away); Mission Nuestra Señora Dolorosísima de la Soledad (approx. 8.6 miles away); The De Anza Expedition in Soledad (approx. 8.6 miles away); El Camino Real Bell (approx. 8.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gonzales.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the Gonzales City Hall Building.
 
Also see . . .  Gonzales, California - Monterey County Historical Society. (Gonzales) was founded by Dr. Mariano Gonzalez and his brother Alfredo Gonzalez in 1874. (Submitted on April 8, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 8, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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