The Custom House - Monterey, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 36° 36.208 W 121° 53.611
10S E 598961 N 4051454
Quick Description: The Custom House is the oldest government building in present day California.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 4/9/2015 7:36:07 PM
Waymark Code: WMNNQ6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
The sign, located in front of the Custom House reads:


The Custom House is the oldest government building in California. From 1822 through 1846, Monterey was both the capital city and primary port of entry for Alta California Cargos of 'everything under the sun' were brought ashore and assessed at the Custom House.

On July 7, 1846, during the Mexican-American War, U.S. military forces raised the 'Stars and tripes' at the Custom House, marking the end of the Mexican era and the beginning of the American era in California.

The building was used for customs operations by the American government until 1858. Today the Custom House looks much as it did when it was a Mexican government facility (1822-1846).

The Custom House was named State Historic Landmark #1 on June 1, 1932."
Group that erected the marker: California State Parks

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Calle Principal
Monterey, CA USA

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