Cows on the moo-ve

In the early 1900s, dairy farming in the Salinas Valley preceded the prosperity of agriculture. In 1906, the first condensed milk in California was produced by the Alpine Milk Company in Gonzales. Joh…

The first theatre

Monterey is home to California’s First Theatre. Melodramas were in vogue in the 1800s. The audience cheered the heroes and booed the villains and the girl was always saved in the nick of time!…

El Camino Real

El Camino Real, or the King’s Highway, traverses California for more than 600 miles, north to south. The Highway is now a California Historical Landmark marked by more than 550 distinctive bell marker…

The Soul of Surfing

I was a water baby. Pools, lakes, the ocean – I loved them all! To me, there was no better summer vacation than spending it with my grandparents, who lived in Corona del Mar, CA. They had a pool … and…

Lighting the way

Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast. The lighthouse was lit in 1855 and still operates with it’s original lens. In 1874, the suppl…

First Awakenings

The Wahrlach-Cornett building Co. circa 1900, on the corner of Main St. and Gabilin in downtown Salinas. E. Peter Iverson, who made Salinas his home in 1868, was a stockholder and director of the groc…

Vertigo, 1958

A dizzying psychological thriller produced by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Kim Novak, featuring the Mission bell tower.…

Stately elegance

Considered the “Most Elegant Seaside Resort in the World” and “California’s Largest and Best-loved Resort” in its Roaring 20s heyday, the Hotel Del Monte is one of Monter…

KSBW = Salad-Bowl-of-the-World

In 1953, local resident John C. Cohan paid homage to the Salinas Valley by naming his television station KSBW. He apparently selected those call letters to showcase the local ag industry. (John Cohan,…

Jade Cove, Big Sur

Here you’ll find the only concentrated underwater deposit of quality nephrite jade in the world. The surf breaks it up and rolls it right up on to the beach! Perfect for collecting. Photo courte…