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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  • If you want to get a good feel for the setting and scope of California government at the time of statehood in 1850, visit Colton Hall. It's s an historical and architectural gem. Would that we could r...  more »
  • Delegates from all over California met here in September, 1849 to write California's first state constitution. Open daily, it offers an exciting collection of pictures and documents about the founding...  more »
  • Stumbled upon this museum as I was waiting for the art museum across the street to open. You can just feel the history as you peruse the books and memorabilia. Nice find!  more »
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  • Historic building from early California where California constitution was drafted.
  • The fact that this building still exists is amazing. The tour and guide were great, and educational :)
  • 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.
  • Christmas Tree lighting was an awesome event.
  • 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.
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