The Salinas California Welcome Center new location is at the historic Southern Pacific Freight Depot in the Intermodal Transit Center of Downtown Salinas. As a regional heritage center it now features its first exhibit, Postcards, Passengers, and Produce, which tells the story of how the 5th largest economy in the world and the most populous state in the nation was developed in only 172 years. The Southern Pacific Company did not only provide transportation, but was an integrated marketing company that served as an economic engine for the development of California. Come visit the Welcome Center to view postcards that the Southern Pacific Railroad used to attract farmers and other visitors to California, discover historically significant artifacts, learn about the evolution of agricultural crops, and the family owned businesses that have now become global leaders.
Here you’ll find detailed information on where to eat and stay and a host of other options on what to do. There are promotional materials, brochures, souvenirs and a friendly staff ready to answer questions. Plus, there is an eclectic selection of unique local items to choose from as a memento to take home.
The Center features a diverse array of artifacts and collector’s items highlighting the history of the Central Coast. You’ll find easily accessible literature and intriguing items that collectively capture the essence of the region.
There’s free wi-fi, clean restrooms and great parking. Located near the Amtrak Station Salinas at 1A Station Place, Salinas. Open seven days a week from 9 am – 5 pm. Call 831-757-8687 for information or visit our Facebook page.