Monterey County Points of Interest

Historic Point of Interest in Salinas: Lagunita Schoolhouse Original Lagunita School in the Boronda Adobe History Center

Historic Point of Interest in Salinas: Lagunita Schoolhouse New Lagunita School at 975 San Juan Grade Road
Near the Site of the Battle of Natividad

25 May 2018
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Lagunita Schoolhouse
Boronda Adobe History Center
333 Boronda Road
Salinas
Built 1897

Built in 1897 on San Juan Grade Road facing Sugar Loaf Mountain, Lagunita Schoolhouse housed grades 1-8 until 1967 when the building was declared unsafe.

The school was replaced with a larger, similar-looking structure, and the original schoolhouse was moved here in 1986.

The Monterey County Historical Society has restored and preserved the building as a museum.

The Lagunita Schoolhouse is the little red schoolhouse in The Red Pony by John Steinbeck .

Source: Monterey County Historical Society

Some Historic Schoolhouses in Northern California

Buildings that Moved

It's not just that the people of the American West are restless, the buildings themselves sometimes pack up and move when - for one reason or another - the neighborhood no longer suits them or the neighbors no longer want them or opportunity waits down the road.

And when buildings remain in place, they are often searching for their identities.

Acting Superintendent's Office, Yosemite
Alford-Nielson House, Ferndale
Alpine Hotel, Markleeville
Ashland Depot Hotel, Ashland, Oregon
Bagby Stationhouse, El Portal

Bayview Hotel, Aptos
Bridgeport Elementary School, Mono County
Carter House, Ashland, Oregon
Christian Church, Gilroy
Chuck's Railroad Room, Westwood

Colfax Freight Depot (Moved Twice), Colfax
Commodore Watkins House, Atherton
Coyle-Foster Barn, Shasta State Historic Park
Croll Building, Alameda
Dallam-Merritt House, San Francisco
Duatre's Store, Monterey

Errea House, Tehachapi
Fairwind, Eureka
Fort Bragg Storehouse and Commissary, Fort Bragg
Galarneaux House, Sacramento
Glass House, San Ramon

Glendale School (Moved Twice), Sparks, Nevada
Goleta Depot, Goleta
Gray's Station, Truckee
Hostess House, Palo Alto
Hodgdon Homestead Cabin, Yosemite

House at 2214 Clay Street, San Francisco
Hutton House, Saratoga
Independence Hall, Woodside
J & T Basque Restaurant, Gardnerville, NV
Jamestown Branch Jail (Moved Twice)

Jax Truckee Diner (Moved Twice), Truckee
Jorgensen Studio, Yosemite
King City Depot, King City
La Gloria Schoolhouse, King City
Lagunita Schoolhouse, Salinas

Lake Mansion (Moved Twice), Reno
Lathrop House, Redwood City
LeConte Memorial Lodge, Yosemite
Little Church on the Hill, Oakhurst

Mansion House Hotel, Watsonville
Marcus Books and Jimbo's Bop City, San Francisco
McCredie House, Central Point, Oregon
Meherin House, Pismo Beach
Mendocino Masonic Hall, Mendocino

Methodist Episcopal Church, Placerville
Migliavacca Mansion, Napa
Milton Masonic Hall, Milton
Moab Cabin, Moab, Utah
Mt. Buckingham School, Darrah

Nevada-California-Oregon Railway Depot, Alturas
Old Log Jail (Moved Twice), Markleeville
Old Mammoth Saloon (Moved Twice), Mammoth Lakes
Old North San Juan School, North San Juan
Old St. Patrick's Church (Moved Twice), San Francisco

Perry's Dry Goods, Gardnerville, NV
Phelps House (Moved Twice), San Francisco
Rengstorff House, Mountain View
Reno Arch (Moved Five Times), Reno
Roper House, Ashland, Oregon

St. James Catholic Church, Georgetown
Sylvester House , San Francisco
Tribune-Republic Building, San Luis Obispo
Tubbs Cordage Company, San Francisco
Tucker House, Martinez

Twenty Mile House, Cromberg
United Methodist Church, Nevada City
Webber House, Yountville
Wood House, Modesto
Yosemite Transportation Company
Yosemite Valley Chapel

Of the buildings and structures we have visited, the original Reno Arch holds the record for number of moves. It has been moved five times since it was built in 1926.

Jax Truckee Diner holds the distance title. The building moved from New Jersry to Pennsylvanis in 1948, then from Pennsylvania to Califonia in 1992.

Probably the most ambitious relocation occurred on July 4th 1904, when the Southern Pacific Railroad loaded most of the town of Wadsworth, Nevada, onto rail cars and transported the town thirty miles west to create a new town which became known as Sparks.

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