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H I S T O RY Monte Golf Course—and a splendid carriage route called 17-Mile Drive. The coastal part of the drive is unchanged, down to the Lone Cypress, a famous tree that appears to cling to the edge of the world against the backdrop of the Pacific. The 1920s saw sardines and salmon replace whale oil as marine gold, and a new wave of immigrants streamed into town to work the boats and canneries. In the fertile Salinas Valley, refrigerated boxcars spurred a similar boom in agriculture, enabling farmers to ship produce quickly and make sure it arrived as fresh and crisp as the day it was picked. The farm workers who picked and packed the lettuce, celery and strawberries came from Mexico, the Philippines and Dust Bowl states such as Oklahoma. It was an eclectic crew. Perhaps nobody described this time better than John Steinbeck. In novels such as Cannery Row and East of Eden, Steinbeck outlines how the boom of Cannery Row fell into bust in the late 1940s after processing nearly a quarter-million tons of sardines a season in its peak wartime years. Today, the row of canneries has been replaced by shops, restaurants and galleries. But the imagery of Steinbeck’s novels lives on.

To learn more about Monterey’s historic sites, visit www.historicmonterey.org. Check the State Parks website for park tour times. Monterey State Historic Park 20 Custom House Plaza Monterey, CA 93940 831-649-7118 www.parks.ca.gov/mshp

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Old Monterey’s Path of History There’s no better way to discover Old Monterey’s history than to live it. With this in mind, the city has established a special Path of History using yellow-and-brown tile markers set in the sidewalks. Begin at any point on your own, or join a guided walk at Pacific House in Custom House Plaza. Some of the buildings on the tour include California’s First Theatre, Cooper-Molera Adobe, the Larkin House, Casa Soberanes and Stevenson House; along the way, you’ll also see Casa Serrano, the House of Four Winds, the PerryDowner House and Costume Collection, and Colton Hall.

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Monterey: Land and See  

2008 Monterey County Official Visitors Guide, full of vacation ideas and insider planning tips. Get up to the minute information at http://w...

Monterey: Land and See  

2008 Monterey County Official Visitors Guide, full of vacation ideas and insider planning tips. Get up to the minute information at http://w...

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