22 Facts About Monterey


Monterey Bay had been described earlier by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, but he had given it a different name.

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Monterey became the capital of the "Province of Both Californias" in 1777, and the chapel was renamed the Royal Presidio Chapel.

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Monterey hosted California's first constitutional convention in 1849, which composed the documents necessary to apply to the United States for statehood.

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Thomas Albert Work built several of the buildings in Monterey including the three-story Del Mar hotel in 1895, at the corner of Sixteenth, and in 1900, bought into the First National Bank in Monterey, acquiring it in 1906.

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Monterey was president of the bank for more than twenty years.

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Monterey had long been famous for the abundant fishery in Monterey Bay.

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Climate of Monterey is regulated by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean resulting in a cool-summer Mediterranean climate and closely resembles that of an oceanic climate.

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The extreme moderation is further underlined by the fact that Monterey is on a similar latitude in California as Death Valley – one of the hottest areas in the world.

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Additional military facilities in Monterey include the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, and the United States Naval Research Laboratory – Monterey.

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Monterey is the home of the Monterey Museum of Art, its annex museum La Mirada and the Salvador Dali Museum.

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Monterey is the site of numerous waterfront arts and crafts festivals held in the Custom House Plaza at the top of Fisherman's Wharf.

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Monterey re-opened in 1960 in a new location on Alvarado Street which in 1963 was renamed "The Old Monterey Opera House".

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Monterey is well known for the abundance and diversity of its marine life, which includes sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, bat rays, kelp forests, pelicans and dolphins and several species of whales.

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Monterey's historic Fisherman's Wharf was constructed in 1845, reconstructed in 1870 and is a commercial shopping and restaurant district with several whale-watching entities operating at the end of its pier.

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Monterey is home to several museums and more than thirty carefully preserved historic buildings.

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Monterey Amberjacks are a professional baseball team that competes in the independent Pecos League which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball.

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Monterey Bay Derby Dames is a non-profit, amateur flat track roller derby league created by skaters for skaters in Monterey County, California.

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Monterey Bay FC is an expansion team for the USL Championship league, the 2nd division of professional soccer in the US, to start play in March 2022 at Cardinale Stadium in Seaside, California.

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City of Monterey provides base maintenance support services for the Presidio of Monterey and the Naval Postgraduate School, including streets, parks, and building maintenance.

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Monterey is represented on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors by Supervisor Mary Adams.

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CSU Monterey Bay has developed several programs in marine and watershed sciences.

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Monterey Peninsula Unified School District operates a high school, a middle school and three elementary schools.

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