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Monterey County, California Points of Interest

Map of California State Historical Marker Locations in Monterey

Monterey County Historical Markers

Monterey County Churches
Mission Nuestra Señora De La Soledad
This mission, founded October 9,1791 by Father Fermín Francisco de Lasuén, ministered to the Indians of the Salinas Valley. Governor Jos... [click for more]

Mission San Antonio de Padua
Mission San Antonio de Padua, established on July 14, 1771, was the third in a series of missions founded in Alta California by Father Junípero... [click for more]

Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Carmelo

Mission San Carlos Borroméo De Carmelo

was established by Father Serra on June 3, 1770 at the Presidio of Monterey. Finding this locat... [click for more]

Royal Presidio Chapel of San Carlos Borromeo

Royal Presidio Chapel of San Carlos Borroméo

Established as a mission by Father Serra, June 3, 1770, this became the royal Presidio Ch... [click for more]

Monterey County Historic Homes & Houses
Custom House
Commodore John Drake Sloat raised the American flag over this building on July 7, 1846 to signal the passing of California from Mexican to American ru... [click for more]

Gutiérrez Adobe
In 1841 the municipality of Monterey granted a lot to Joaquín Gutiérrez where he and his wife, Josefa, built an adobe home. The house ha... [click for more]

House Of Four Winds
In the late 1830s, Thomas Oliver Larkin built the House of Four Winds, named for the weather vane in his garden. Tradition says the building was used ... [click for more]

House of Governor Alvarado
A native of Monterey, Alvarado served as Governor of Mexican California from December 20, 1836 to December 20, 1842. During his administration the inc... [click for more]

Larkin House
The adobe-and-wood Larkin House was built in 1835 by Thomas Oliver Larkin, a Yankee merchant who came to California in April 1832. Since Larkin was th... [click for more]

Old Pacific House
Originally built as a hotel between 1835 and 1847 by James McKinley, the building was known as the Pacific House in 1850, when it housed a public tave... [click for more]

Richardson Adobe
Los Coches Rancho (8,994.2 acres) was granted to María Josefa Soberanes de Richardson by the Mexican government in 1841. Her husband, William B... [click for more]

Robert Louis Stevenson House
In this house in 1879 lived Robert Louis Stevenson, essayist, storyteller, and poet whose contribution to literature delighted the world. ... [click for more]

Soberanes Adobe
Don José Estrada, who built this adobe in 1830, sold the property to Don Feliciano Soberanes. The adobe was the home of the Soberanes family fr... [click for more]

The Glass House, Casa Materna Of The Vallejos
In the 1820s, Don Ignacio Vallejo built the Casa Materna on Bolsa de San CayetaDon Ignacio and Dona María Antonio Lugo y Vallejo had 13 childre... [click for more]

Vásquez House
This adobe house was occupied by a sister of Tiburcio Vásquez, the colorful Monterey bandit of the 1870s. ... [click for more]

Monterey County - General Interest
Casa de Oro
In the 1850s this building was a general merchandise store operated by Joseph Boston & Co. In later years it was called Casa de Oro because of the... [click for more]

Chautauqua Hall
The first Chautauqua in the West was organized at Pacific Grove in June 1879 for the presentation of 'moral attractions' and 'the highest grade of con... [click for more]

Colton Hall
In this building met the convention that drafted the Constitution under which California was admitted to statehood on September 9, 1850. Robert Semple... [click for more]

First Theater in California
This building was built about 1844 as a sailor's lodging house by Jack Swan. In 1848 it was commandeered by a group of mustered-out soldiers of Colone... [click for more]

Hill Town Ferry
Operated by Hiram Cory, this was one of the first ferries to cross the Salinas River. The Monterey County Board of Supervisors regulated the toll whic... [click for more]

José Eusebio Boronda Adobe Casa
Built between 1844 and 1848 by José Eusebio Boronda, this is an outstanding example of a Mexican-era rancho adobe. Virtually unaltered since it... [click for more]

Landing Place of Sebastian Vizcaino and Fray Junipero Serra
Having entered the harbor the previous evening with his three small vessels, Sebastian Vizcaino landed here on December 17, 1602. Mass was sung by thr... [click for more]

Point Sur Light Station
Light Stations Of California (thematic historical marker). Spanish explorers and later New England hide and tallow traders found the Big Sur coastline... [click for more]

Salinas Assembly Center, Temporary Detention Camps For Japanese Americans
This monument is dedicated to the 3,586 Monterey Bay area residents of Japanese ancestry, most of whom were American citizens, temporarily confined in... [click for more]

Site of The Battle of Natividad
Combined American forces under Captains Charles D. Burrass (or Burroughs) and Bluford K. Thompson clashed with Comandante Manuel de Jesús Castr... [click for more]

This page last updated: 11/11/2009