Pacific Grove in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Irene Masteller Mural
The first panel:
The native people of this coastal area - The Rumsien Ohlone and The Esselen - lived in a world of natural beauty and abundance for thousands of years. Their way of life was drastically changed by the arrival of the Europeans. Those who survived adapted to their new world, and today, many descendants of these original people feel strong ties to their ancestors and to this land.
In 1880, the population of Pacific Grove's Chinatown was over 100 men, women, and children. Within this makeshift village, located were Hopkins Marine Station now stands, the Chinese practiced their traditions and developed the techniques of nighttime squid fishing. A mysterious and tragic fire destroyed most of the village in 1906. Forced to move on, the Chinese families persevered, and still continue to make significant contributions to their communities in Monterey County and beyond.
In 1875, Mr. David Jacks, whose substantial landholdings included a grove adjoining his Monterey property, made a legal agreement with San Francisco's Howard Street Methodist Episcopal Church. The Pacific Grove Retreat Association was formed, and 30 X 60 "Tenting Lots" were sold, at $50 per site. This paradise in the Grove inspired the saying, "Carmel-By-The-Sea, Monterey-By-The-Smell,
Japanese Brothers Gennosuke and Chujiro Kodani, educated in Marine Biology and Fisheries Management, introduced diving helmets, suits and gear from Japan to the Abalone Fishing Industry of 1898. In 1904, Otosaburo Noda, a leader of the Japanese Community, began building a Japanese Tea House on Lover's Point. The elegant tea house was torn down in 1918.
Artist John Ton
Location. 36° 37.357′ N, 121° 54.788′ W. Marker is in Pacific Grove, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Ocean View Blvd, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Along a wall on the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove CA 93950, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. J. H. King Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Glass Bottom Boat (approx. ¼ mile away); Chautauqua Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Centrella Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Trimmer Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gosby House Inn (approx. 0.4 miles away); Frank L. Buck House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hopkins Marine Station (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pacific Grove.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on May 16, 2015, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.