Old Monterey Foundation continues to team up with noted Monterey Bay historian and author, Tim Thomas, who offers outstanding “Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours” on the third Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM – Noon.
The next Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking tour will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016: “Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour: Focus on Commodore John Drake Sloat”. In 1846, Commodore John Drake Sloat captured Monterey and El Castillo at the beginning of the Mexican American War. The American/California period at the Lower Presidio Historic Park began in 1846, including the enactment of the first California Constitution in 1849 through the period that includes when Fort Mervine was a coastal defense and cavalry post. He will also talk about the majestic Sloat Monument at the Park, an eagle-topped spire constructed in 1910 that commemorates Commodore Sloat and this important period of California history. The Lower Presidio Historic Park has been described as “One of the Most Historic Sites on the West Coast” and Tim Thomas will discuss more of the Park’s fascinating timeline.
Tours meet in front of the City of Monterey’s Presidio of Monterey Museum, 113 Corporal Ewing, Building #113. From Monterey, take Pacific Street past the Monterey Conference Center and the First Theater to the end of Pacific where it forks, take the left fork;, turn left onto Artillery Road, turn right on Corporal Ewing Road and follow it a short way to the Presidio of Monterey Museum in the center of the Park against the hill; from Pacific Grove, take Lighthouse Avenue in New Monterey, bear right to go onto Pacific Street and then go to Artillery Road, turn right, and then turn right on Corporal Ewing Road and follow it to the Presidio of Monterey Museum.
Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. The tour is for ages 10-adult only and the cost is $20 for adults and kids are $15 (10-15 years). Group rates are also available.
About Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas, fourth-generation native of the Monterey area, is a popular speaker and lively tour guide. For 16 years, he was historian and curator for the Monterey Maritime & History Museum and has worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California State Parks and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. He is author of “The Abalone King of Monterey: ‘Pop’ Ernest Doelter,” “The Japanese on the Monterey Peninsula” and co-author of “Monterey’s Waterfront.” Tim also conducts monthly “Wharf Walks” on Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf and offers Cannery Row walking tours, as well.
Sloat Monument photo by Christopher Axe