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

Custom House

 
 
Custom House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2013
1. Custom House Marker
Inscription.
The oldest government building in California. The American flag was raised at this site on July 7, 1846, claiming California as part of the United States.

First Brick House * Left at Wooden Flag Pole
Pacific House Museum * Along the Plaza
Cell Phone Tour (831) 998-9458 enter 401
 
Location. 36° 36.186′ N, 121° 53.603′ W. Marker is in Monterey, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail is a foot/bicycle path that parallels the Monterey Bay waterfront. Marker is in this post office area: Monterey CA 93940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monterey Customhouse (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Custom House (a few steps from this marker); Monterey Custom House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Custom House (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Original Flagstaff (within shouting distance of this marker); Sloat's Landing
Custom House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2013
2. Custom House and Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Monterey Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Fisherman's Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monterey.
 
Also see . . .  Custom House - Historic Monterey. The current building dates from an extensive renovation of an earlier building — erected in perhaps the early 1820s — done by Thomas Larkin in 1841, but it is likely that some even earlier buildings must have stood in the area, so close to Monterey's prime landing beach. Drawings made during the 1792 Vancouver expedition show a building in this area, and archaeological investigations in 1991 revealed foundations from an earlier structure immediately to the south of the existing building. (Submitted on February 15, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Monterey Customhouse image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2013
3. Monterey Customhouse
 
 
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 341 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on July 7, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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