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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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  • Great displays and the guide very knowledgeable of the area. Had a very interesting conversation with him! A small museum with a neat flare!  more »
  • Discover early California! See a collection of important historical documents from the founding of our state. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to visit with the knowledgeable host.  more »
  • On the day I traveled, the museum pictured here was not open, only the signing hall and a small docent's room. The docent had good information to add, but the signing hall itself was only a 10 minute ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The man who works there is very well informed and also quite friendly. Admission is free.
  • Amazing hidden little piece of history. The curator was extremely knowledge and happy to answer questions.
  • First and foremost: this IS THE place where California was founded; this is the hall in which the CA constitution was chartered and ratified. The docent was phenomenal and the hall has been kept in its original form, decor, and aesthetic. Looking at the original signed documents by men like Sutter, Fremont, etc. was incredible. It is not crowded, there is no fee to pay. THIS IS A GEM OF A SITE.