This date marks the 400th anniversary of the naming of Monterey Bay by Gen. Sebastián Vizcaíno, commissioned by Don Gaspár Zúñiga y Acevedo, Count of Monte Rey. Near this place, called Acasta and Hummukul by the Ohlone/Constanoan Esselen Nation, Fr. . . . — — Map (db m68622) HM
A chorus of cannery whistles, each with its own unique call, summoned the Cannery Row workforce. Men and women in rubber boots and oilcloth aprons showed up to clean, cut, pack, cook and can sardines that were a major part of Monterey’s economy for . . . — — Map (db m55104) HM
The people of the Second Royal Spanish Presidio supported the American Colonies through their military preparedness and financial contributions following the Royal Spanish Decree of June 21, 1779. Their support directly aided the victory and . . . — — Map (db m63505) HM
In 1904 the Coalinga Oil Transportation Company laid 168 miles of six-inch pipeline from the Belridge Field in San Joaquin Valley to the Tidewater-Associated Marine Terminal on Monterey Bay (top). Its purpose was to deliver heavy fuel oil for use in . . . — — Map (db m55215) HM
Roofing contractor Charles L. Frost (top) supervises his crew hot mopping a Monterey cannery roof. Concentrated along the shoreline, the fish processing plants were subject to storm damage. In addition, changes were required to accommodate new . . . — — Map (db m55079) HM
Monterey's world-famous sardine industry depended on the courage and skill of cannery divers. Sardines were pumped ashore from floating hoppers through underwater pipes that had to be installed, repaired, replaced, realigned and maintained in order . . . — — Map (db m30004) HM
Captain Don Gaspar de Portola
Of the army of King Carlos III of Spain. First governor of California, 1768-1770. With Father Junipero Serra founded Monterey on June 3, 1770.
Donated by H. M. King Juan Carlos of Spain to the City of Monterey . . . — — Map (db m63525) HM
Built for an English blacksmith in 1840, and sold to Don Florencio Serrano, a schoolteacher, in 1846. The Monterey History & Art Association was founded here in 1931.
Lara-Soto Adobe * Up and to the right
Capitular Hall * Towards the Bay
Cell . . . — — Map (db m63312) HM
This hall started in 1847, completed in 1848, was named after its builder
Chaplain Walter Colton, U.S.N., 1787-1851
Congregational Minister, historian, author, and editor, who served as alcalde at Monterey from 28 July 1846 to 1 October . . . — — Map (db m63328) HM
This Chestnut tree, form the lawn of the White House, was originally planted in front of Colton Hall on September 20, 1966 by First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson. It was later replanted in Friendly Plaza. — — Map (db m63327) HM
In this building from September 1 to October 13, 1849 assembled the convention which drafted the constitution under which California was admitted to statehood, September 9, 1850. The forty-eight delegates met on the upper floor which ran the length . . . — — Map (db m159569) HM
Forty-eight men of diverse education and cultural backgrounds from throughout California converged upon Monterey in September in 1849 to frame a constitutional government for California. Working together as Californians, they created this . . . — — Map (db m63348) HM
Behind these adobe walls, you will meet the John Rogers Cooper Family, who witnessed the changes in Monterey from its days as a capitol of Mexican California through statehood in 1850. Captain Cooper was from New England, immigrated to California . . . — — Map (db m63466) HM
On this site stood the first sardine cannery in Monterey, the Crescent Brand Sardine Company. The Cannery was founded by F.E. Booth, who was one of the original pioneers of the Monterey Sardine Industry.
The Monterey Commercial Property Owners . . . — — Map (db m63064) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m66521) HM
Constructed in 1827 by the Mexican government to collect custom duties from foreign shipping, a principal revenue source when Monterey was the capital of Alta California, Mexico's northernmost province. Thomas O. Larkin, US consul to Alta . . . — — Map (db m82186) HM
Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista De Anza by decree of Carlos III of Spain, lead an expedition to this site – the mission being to colonize the San Francisco Bay Area.
In the center of the marker is a circular motif, designed by Doris . . . — — Map (db m63230) HM
The first stop in Monterey for those traveling by train from San Francisco was the Del Monte station located between the bay and Hotel Del Monte. Only those passengers who were guests of the hotel detrained there. The foundation of this depot is . . . — — Map (db m63545) HM
Rosario Duarte introduced salmon trolling to Monterey Bay in 1878. His store was a popular local meeting place. Relocated in 1922 it became a dry goods business operated by Chinese merchant Louis Jang into the 1940’s. — — Map (db m63225) HM
The Row’s first canning operation
In 1902 Otosaburo Noda, a Japanese immigrant farmer, labor contractor and businessman, moved his abalone canning operation at Point Lobos to the rocky shoreline of Monterey. Noda and his partner Harry . . . — — Map (db m55193) HM
This bell was salvaged from the ruins of the 1906 Earthquake in San Francisco and hung at the McMenamin’s Mission Inn.
Robert C. Littlefield acquired it in 1961 and placed it in his garden home.
His widow Patricia donated it to the . . . — — Map (db m63222) HM
You are looking at the backyard of Ed Ricketts’s lab, Pacific Biological Laboratories, where Ricketts lived and worked during the 1930 and 1940s. He collected and preserved tide pool plants and animals and sold them to schools around the world. What . . . — — Map (db m55143) HM
Marine biologist, philosopher, writer, ecologist, and friend to many. Immortalized as “Doc” of John Steimbeck’s Cannery Row, the real man had a profound influence on the thinking of writers, artists, and scientists through his . . . — — Map (db m54904) HM
Author John Steinbeck won both the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes for literature. Many of his novels were set in the Monterey Bay area and the Salinas Valley. Ed Ricketts was both a friend and mentor, who influenced the writer’s ecological view of human . . . — — Map (db m55160) HM
In 1927 cannery owner and fishing industry innovator Knut Hovden introduced new technologies to increase the catch and expedite the transfer of fish to the production line. By bringing purse seiner fishing boats (named for the type of nets they used . . . — — Map (db m55162) HM
Off the coast and beyond the breaking waves, giant kelp provides a lush home for marine life. Holding fast to the rocky bottom, these huge plants grow upward then spread their green-gold fronds across the water, creating a dense canopy of growth . . . — — Map (db m55161) HM
Built in 1926 and designed by Reid Brothers, architects of many California landmarks, this theatre was the first to show sound movies on the Monterey Peninsula.
Old Monterey Hotel * Across Street
Casa Sanchez * Across Street
See map on . . . — — Map (db m63518) HM
This simple bronze plaque honoring the work of John Steinbeck was sculptured in 1938 by William Gordon Huff. It was dedicated that same year by noted Western historian Dr. Charles L. Camp with all the unwavering oratorical profundity which . . . — — Map (db m54906) HM
Honoring Allen Griffin, 1893-1981, founder and publisher of the Monterey Peninsula Herald for his outstanding contributions to the City of Monterey.
Allen Griffin was the vital force in founding the History and Art Association, the . . . — — Map (db m63509) HM
Native of Monterey, Governor of California under Mexican rule December 20,1836 - December 20,1842. During his administration the increasing influx of Americans, and the Russian settlement at Fort Ross, began to be regarded as serious problems. . . . — — Map (db m25055) HM
Ever since Thomas Edison’s movie camera captured those first quick, flickering moments of time, Hollywood has been coming to Monterey. More than 60 feature films have been shot in Monterey, and Cannery Row has been one of Hollywood’s favorite . . . — — Map (db m55194) HM
John “Bricky” Crivello, a key figure in the Monterey Fisherman’s Union for 67 years, was instrumental in the passage of Senate Bill 1213 which provided unemployment benefits to all California fishermen. Due to Bricky’s relentless . . . — — Map (db m68861) HM
The real neighborhood of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.
Real people and places in the neighborhood of Monterey’s old Ocean View Avenue inspired fictional characters and establishments in the mind of John Steinbeck. Published in 1945, his . . . — — Map (db m55081) HM
In October 1944, John Steinbeck, his second wife Gwyn, and their infant son Thom returned to Monterey. On November 10, 1944 they moved into the Lara-Soto Adobe, “a house I have wanted since I was a little kid.”
Here he wrote The . . . — — Map (db m63314) HM
Quock Mui was born at Point Lobos in 1859 (lower left). Her parents were Cantonese fishermen who sailed to California by seagoing junk in 1851. Point Lobos was a thriving multicultural community in the later 19th century. Quock Mui had an aptitude . . . — — Map (db m55144) HM
A native of Mexico de Anza left Tubac, Culiagan October 23, 1775 with a party of 240 together with horses, mules and beeves. Arrived Monterey March 10, 1776 with loss but one person. Journey of 1600 miles made under conditions of drought, snow and . . . — — Map (db m63566) HM
June 1819 – August 1908
Robert Louis Stevenson inscribed this message in the frontpiece of his book “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – but the case of Robert Louis Stevenson and Jules Simoneau, . . . — — Map (db m63451) HM
Kalisa Moore, known as "Queen of Cannery Row," was born in Latvia and came to America after WWII. She bridged the eras, opening her gourmet restaurant when most of the canneries had closed.
Over the years "Kalisa's" became a bohemian coffee . . . — — Map (db m81817) HM
This house was constructed in 1834 by Thomas Oliver Larkin, the only United States Consul in California under Mexican rule, it has been used as a private residence, the United States Consulate, City Hall, and served as Headquarters of General . . . — — Map (db m82627) HM
The Railroad was critical to the development of the Salinas Valley's agriculture industry. As depicted in John Steinbeck's East of Eden, the advent of refrigerated rail meant that lettuce grown in the Salinas Valley could be transported coast to . . . — — Map (db m83322) HM
Mary Corning Winslow Black, a noted Monterey artist designed and built this home in 1930.
This structure is an example of Spanish eclectic architecture and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. — — Map (db m63507) HM
From the California Gold Rush to nearly the turn of the century, Portuguese whalers launched boats from this beach and rowed them out into the bay to intercept whales migrating along the Monterey coastline. Once harpooned, . . . — — Map (db m55191) HM
Western terminal of the Monterey and Salinas Valley Railroad ending on 1,000 foot pier over Monterey Bay. First in operation October 1874 bringing grain from Salinas Valley to Monterey for ocean shipment to San Francisco.
Officers: Carr S. . . . — — Map (db m63309) HM
The Monterey Bay Aquarium stands on the site of the old Hovden Cannery. In its heyday, the cannery processed tons of sardines every day. But by the 1960s the sardines had disappeared, and the cannery closed its doors in 1972.
Now you can see . . . — — Map (db m41620) HM
Recurring winter storms wreaked havoc on the Monterey fishing fleet every few years (top). On April 29, 1915, such a storm, with 60-mile-per-hour winds, destroyed or damaged nearly 50 boats. On Thanksgiving morning 1919, more than 93 vessels were . . . — — Map (db m55214) HM
It was over this building that the American flag was raised by Commodore John Drake Sloat, July 7, 1846, signalizing the passing of California from Mexican rule.
Restored through the efforts of the Native Sons of the Golden West with the . . . — — Map (db m95375) HM
Constructed by the Mexican government during 1927 and 1841 to collect customs duties from foreign shipping when Monterey was the capital of this northern province, and customs duties were Alta California’s principal source of revenue. United States . . . — — Map (db m63307) HM
□ Look out upon these waters.
□ Their recorded history began when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sighted the "Bay of Pines" on Nov. 17, 1542.
□ Sebastian Viscaino was first to touch land Dec. 16, 1602. He claimed the land for . . . — — Map (db m30347) HM
(This series of 35 (36) plaques, inlayed in the brick walkway, extends from Pacific Street to the Great Seal of the State of California in front of Colton hall, at which point the line of plaques turn left.)
The Ancient Ones . . . — — Map (db m63358) HM
For thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans in 1602, the Rumsien people fished Monterey Bay. These native people caught and used nearly every species of fish and shellfish found in the bay. Sea otters, sea lions and seals were dietary . . . — — Map (db m55192) HM
This harbor is the home of....
Monterey's Commerical Fishing Fleet.
It once boasted the largest sardine fishing industry in the world, an industry that flourished until the late 1940's. Commercial fishing was pioneered and developed here by . . . — — Map (db m29859) HM
The Monterey and Salinas Valley Railroad, established in 1874, was Monterey's first rail connection to the outside world. Purchased by Southern Pacific in 1879, passenger service soon began allowing the development of Monterey as a tourist . . . — — Map (db m83320) HM
This "Moon Tree" is a Coast Redwood grown from a seed that in January 1971 was carried to the moon and brought back to earth by Major Stuart Roosa, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 14.
The seed . . . — — Map (db m63500) HM
Monterey's earliest pier of stone built in 1846 gave way to a commercial fishing wharf in the early 1900's when Monterey's multi-million dollar fishing industry was born. Despite many changes the wharf today retains the tone and flavor of the past - . . . — — Map (db m30190) HM
This rocky point, connected to the mainland by a sand spit, is a geologic formation called a tombolo. Because of its prominence, Point Sur provided an excellent location for a lighthouse and fog signal to warn ships of the hazardous coastline and . . . — — Map (db m177681) HM
Doc, the legend
John Steinbeck used his close friend and collaborator, Edward Ricketts, as a model for the famous fictional character Doc. In the novels Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday, set in the 1930s and 1940s, the kindly Doc is a gentle, . . . — — Map (db m55142) HM
Finished in 1849 by Jacinto Rodriguez, member of California’s First Contitutional Convention. Later residence of Antonio Osio, Collector of the Port of Monterey under Governor Alvarado. — — Map (db m63519) HM
The Royal Chapel of San Carlos de Borromeo, founded June 3, 1770, is the only remaining Presidio chapel in California.
Madariaga Adobe * Follow Church St. to Abrego
Cell Phone Tour (831) 718-9123 enter 710 — — Map (db m143524) HM
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
This San Carlos parish community gratefully remembers those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during times of war and peace whose . . . — — Map (db m63504) WM
Edward F. Ricketts, owner-operator of Pacific Biological Laboratories, was described by a biographer as “a devoted and rational biologist who sought to uncover scientific truth.” A true renaissance man, Ricketts wrote extensively on a . . . — — Map (db m55145) HM
Named after the “Cloth of Gold” rose bush, the Sherman Rose Inn was built circa 1941 (sic) as a private home. In 1934, J.C. Anthon enlarged the structure for the owners, Spiro and Jennie Catachi, using his signature Carmel stone. The . . . — — Map (db m63479) HM
In the formative days of the Monterey fishing industry, the working boats were too small to carry both a crew and a catch. The fishermen towed a second boat called a “lighter,” which could hold 25 to 60 tons of sardines.
Since the . . . — — Map (db m55163) HM
Site of original flagstaff
where the American flag was first raised
Commodore John Drake Sloat
July, 7th 1846
taking possession of California in the name of
the United States of America
Later ceded to America
under the Treaty . . . — — Map (db m63063) HM
This plaza was once occupied by the restaurant of Jules Simoneau. In late 1879 young Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, the almost unknown, ate his meals hear nearly every day. He was staying in a small room at the nearby rooming house known as . . . — — Map (db m63452) HM
On this spot on July 7, 1846, U.S. Marines and Sailors landed and raised the American flag over the Custom House which stands before you. Mexico and the United States were at war. American forces landing in Monterey claimed 600,000 square miles for . . . — — Map (db m59955) HM
Since the early 1900's the Monterey Bay has been one of the principal fishing centers along the Pacific Coast. Today, Monterey's fishermen continue to be major contributors to the nation's supply of squid (calamari).
In the early 50's Abalonetti . . . — — Map (db m30162) HM
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