Colton Hall Museum, Monterey

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Colton Hall is a government building and museum in Monterey, California, United States. It was built in the late 1840s by Walter Colton, who came to Monterey as a chaplain on Commodore Stockton's vessel and remained to become Monterey's first alcalde (mayor) in the American Period.Colton Hall was originally a public school and government meeting place. It also hosted California's first constitutional convention in 1849. California's military governor called for a constitutional convention, to be held in Monterey's Colton Hall. On September 1, delegates from ten districts arrived in Monterey to debate and write California's state first constitution. The California Constitution was ratified on October 13, voted on in November that year and sent to Congress in January 1850. San Jose was chosen as the seat for the first Legislature. (Officially, a state capital is where the legislature sits; therefore Monterey never was the capital of the State of California.)The Native Sons of the Golden West were instrumental in 1903 in securing a legislative appropriation for necessary repairs on Colton Hall. The building was then registered as a California Historical Landmark in 1934.The most important public office building in Monterey County still in continuous use, Colton Hall has over the years housed Monterey's City Hall, a public school, the county court house, the sheriff's office, and Monterey's city police headquarters. Today the main floor still holds some city offices (including the city Planning Division and Building Safety Division), while the second floor is a museum.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Colton Hall Museum was named after a military chaplain. It was built out of white stone from a near-by hill. It housed government and education at its beginnings. Open to the public mainly 10 to 4 exc...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    this is one of the early buildings built in calif before I believe in 1849. it part of the Monterey historical park. a way distance from the park but closer to downtown Monterey.next door is the old c...  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    Even if you arrive before the 10:00 opening, it is a nice walk around a historic building. You can call the California State Parks cell phone line 831-998-9458 and put in the code 401 and 402 for grea...  more »
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  • April 18, 2017
    The grounds are beautiful and the history on the placards are a definite must read. The bear statues are cool. The park is very clean and manicured.
  • April 19, 2017
    Wonderful historic government building over 200 years old and current home of Monterey City Hall and offices. The beautiful grounds are used as a park by locals and visitors.
  • April 26, 2017
    The man who works there is very well informed and also quite friendly. Admission is free.
  • July 5, 2017
    Nice open space with lawns, gardens, trees and perfmance/community space
  • February 12, 2017
    Amazing hidden little piece of history. The curator was extremely knowledge and happy to answer questions.

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