1860sChualar was founded about nine miles south of Salinas on the ranch of David Jacks, a controversial figure who was heavily involved in the transfer of rancho holdings to Americans… and who was certainly the wealthiest individual in the county by 1880 through his shrewd and exploitive real estate ventures.

In 1875, it was noted that Chualar City boasted 51 persons, a hotel, stores, restaurants, shoeshop, blacksmith shop, and freight depot, all of which had been nonexistent a year before.

The 1878 directory listings noted substantially increased growth in the rural areas. Merchants and businesses in the town of Chualar were operated pre- dominately by Danes, and the town boasted three ho- tels. In addition to the thirteen in-town businesses, 36 farms operated by individuals, families, and part- nerships were listed for the Chualar post office.”

Books and References

Andersen, Burton. The Salinas Valley: A History of America’s Salad Bowl. Monterey County Historical Society. 2000.