Fun Facts

Fascinating facts, intriguing tales and maybe even tidbits of fancy — these draw on our rich history, our wealth of colorful people (both past and present), our many natural wonders, our cities, our industry and even our future. We hope these selections will be as enjoyable to read as they were to gather. If they encourage you to continue on a personal exploration of this incredible place we call home, so much the better!

  • In Pacific Grove there is a law on the books establishing a $500 fine for molesting butterflies.
  • Castroville is known as the Artichoke Capital of the World. In 1947 Norma Jean was crowned Castroville's first Artichoke Queen. She went on to become the famous actress Marilyn Monroe.
  • Carmel is known for attracting various celebrities and artists. Clint Eastwood served as mayor of the village from 1986-1988.
  • The widely acclaimed Monterey Jazz Festival occurs each September and is the longest continuously running jazz festival in the world.
  • The oldest standing public building in California is Monterey's Custom House built during California's Mexican era in 1827. It was here that Commodore John Drake Sloat of the U.S. Navy raised an American flag in 1846 claiming California for the United States.
  • The City of Monterey, in January 1958, officially re-named Ocean View Avenue to "Cannery Row" in honor of John Steinbeck's popular novel based on the popular stretch of road.
  • The Bixby Bridge in Big Sur was built by prisoners eager to earn "good time" off their prison sentences. It is one of the world's highest single-span bridges at 714 feet long by 260 feet high.


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