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Salinas offers the charm and friendliness of a small town - rich in culture and history. Many of the historic buildings still stand, including the Jose Estubio Boronda Adobe, a state historic landmark, founded in 1844.

Built in 1844 by Boronda on the northeast corner of his 2,230-acre Rancho Rinconada del Sanjon, it is an “unflawed fragment of Spanish California, an actual environment in which (Monterey County) people lived, slept, and ate.”

Also on the site is the official archive of Monterey County, 1897 Laguanita School House John Steinbeck wrote about in The Red Pony.

Next to the art deco style Amtrak Station is the Railway Express Agency Building, run by the Monterey-Salinas Valley Railroad Association, a must-see for any visitor. Right next door is Salinas’ first mayors home, the beautifully restored Historic Harvey House. Tours available by appointment.Art Deco Train Station in Salinas Harvey House in Background

Just two blocks away sits the boyhood home of John Steinbeck, the prize-winning author of books such as the Grapes of Wrath, and Cannery Row. Join the volunteers of the Valley Guild for a delicious lunch or afternoon tea - reservations recommended! The John Steinbeck House is on the National Historic Register.

A short walk down Central Avenue brings you to quaint Oldtown Salinas, featuring antiques, many interesting shoHistoric Fox Theater Downtown Salinasps and boutiques, coffee houses, fabulous restaurants, and wine tasting, as well as live theater and cinema. The newly refurbished Fox Theater, an art deco dream, offers live music and comedy shows.

The map below may be downloaded and printed for use.  A self-guided walking tour map of the historic area is available in most Oldtown locations and the Real Salinas History Tour is an interactive tour using your cell phone. Guided tours are also available. Please visit our location at Four West Gabilan Street in Oldtown Salinas, e-mail, or call 831.771.1990 for more information.

Historic Sites in and around Salinas

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  • Amtrak Station
    11 Station Place
  • Boronda History Center
    333 Boronda Road
  • Chinatown
    California & Soledad Streets
    Between Rossi & Market
  • Fox California Theater
    240 Main Street
    831.758.8459Jo Mora Relief Monterey County Courthouse Salinas
  • Historic Harvey House
    20 Station Place
  • Monterey County Jail
    West Alisal Street
  • Monterey County Courthouse
    West Alisal Street
  • Railway Express Building
    26 Station Place
  • Oldtown Salinas
    100-300 Blocks Main, Salinas, Monterey Streets
  • Steinbeck House
    132 Central Avenue
  • United States Post Office Steinbeck Station
    100 West Alisal Street
  • USO Building
    320 Lincoln Avenue


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