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Relics of the past

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:28 pm    Post subject: Relics of the past Reply with quote

THE CUARTEL on California street, a two-story adobe building, with a balcony running round it, was first used as a barracks for the Mexican soldiers, and during the American occupation, was used by the United States soldiers. It was built in 1840 by Jose Abrego, acting under orders from Governor Alvarado, and cost $11,000, redwood then selling at $50 per 1000 feet, and nails at $36 a keg.

The books of the First Public Library Society were kept there. The Methodist Episcopal Church and Sunday School held their meetings in the building. The Cuartel was also used as the schoolhouse until the school was transferred to Colton Hall.

THE PRISON was first built by Walter Colton, adjoining the old calaboose, but in 1855 a new and more substantial one was erected as the county jail, in the school-house building (Colton Hall).

THE OLD BLOCK HOUSE AND FORT stood on the hillside overlooking the bay. About the year 1843 Gen. Micheltorena dug a deep ditch on the site of the present fort, with two or three embrasures for guns which were never mounted. When the United States squadron under Commodore Sloat took possession of Monterey in July, 1846, the block house was built and ship guns mounted. On the arrival of Co. F. U. S. 3rd Art., in January, 1847, earthworks were thrown up, and it was picketed and guns were mounted.

THE OLD CALABOOSE was built in 1832, by Governor Figueroa, and stood at the junction of Pearl and California streets.
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