Thomas Oliver Larkin and Larkin House

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      Thomas Oliver Larkin was 30 years old when he arrived in Monterey in April 1832. Larkin came from Boston intending to work with his half-brother Captain John Cooper, as a clerk in Cooper’s store. The voyage of …

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Vizcaino – Serra Oak Mural is a beautiful new addition.

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  Stephanie Rozzo, local illustrator and CSUMB grad, has created a masterpiece of public art so wondrous as to immediately rank it among Monterey’s finest. The mural of the Vizcaino-Serra Oak is a triumph of imagination, talent and technology. Installed …

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Top 5 Historic Sites To See In Monterey

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Top 5 Historic Sites in Monterey Millions of annual visitors know Monterey as a world class destination, home to golf tournaments, music festivals, auto and motorcycle races, wine tasting and much more.But Monterey is also the “Cradle of California”, and …

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Parking on Cannery Row: Your Best Bets

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When parking on Cannery Row or in the New Monterey area, plan on paying to park. Free street parking is limited and time restricted. Foam Street and Wave Street are lined with parking meters. The rate is $1.50 per hour, seven days …

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Downtown Monterey Parking: Your Best Bets

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The summer months can make downtown Monterey parking problematic. Special events bring swarms of tourists to the waterfront. Traffic often backs up on Del Monte Avenue, as motorists follow the signage to the big lots near Fisherman’s Wharf. Street parking …

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Portola Plaza: Downtown Portal

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Portola Plaza is the portal between the Monterey Waterfront and the shops, restaurants and businesses of Alvarado Street and Monterey’s central business district. The benches and fountain provide an inviting space to sit and watch the passers-by. It’s a busy …

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Andre Miripolsky’s Monterey “historama”

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  In 2011 the Monterey History and Art Association commissioned two works from Los Angeles artist Andre Miripolsky, “The Wave” and the Monterey “historama”. The re-opening of the former Maritime Museum as the new Museum of Monterey introduced the pieces …

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The Great Seal of the State of California

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A series of bronze plaques lead visitors up the walkway to Colton Hall in Monterey, site of the state’s Constitutional Convention. At the top of the walkway, directly in front of the entrance to Colton Hall, lies a bas relief …

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Guillermo Wagner Granizo: Making “The Monterey Mural”

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A History of Monterey by Guillermo Wagner Granizo The Monterey Mural (All photos by author. Click on photo to enlarge. Close-up views and descriptions follow below.) The Monterey Mural, by artist Guillermo Wagner Granizo, occupies the southwest corner of the …

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“Sloat’s Landing”: The Events of July 7, 1846

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  “Sloat’s Landing”: The Events of July 7, 1846 The United States was a strong, brash nation in 1846. During the previous fifty years the country had obtained a vast territory from France, asserted itself once and for all against …

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