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Mr. Pat Hathaway, Photo Archivist


King City, California

King City straddles the Salinas River in southern Monterey County in Central California. Its official name is "The City of King,"
for it's founder, Charles H. King (1842-1910) in 1886
Samuel Hamilton (1830-1904), John Steinbecks grandfather settled in the King City in the early 1870's
John Ernst Steinbecks (1863-1935) father of novelist John Steinbeck (1902-1968), settled here in 1890, as the first agent for Southern Pacific Milling Company that had constructed a grain warehouse Steinbeck, met his wife, Olive Hamilton (1867-1934).

John Steinbeck used his mothers family the Hamilton in his book East of Eden
Holdings: 51 images of King City
Photos Monterey County 28,000

View Looking down Broadway King City, Cal. from the railroad station,
Railroad Exchange Hotel on the left and the Hotel Camino Real
King City
Meddaugh Photo No. 9
Circa 1908
CV # 91-011-0048
Monterey history photo collection
Catholic Church, King City
Harlan Photo
Circa 1908
CV # 2004-023-0003
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