The Custom House

The Custom House (HM16UD)

Location: Monterey, CA 93940 Monterey County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 36.197', W 121° 53.603'

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The Custom House is the oldest government building in California. From 1822 through 1846, Monterey was both the capital city and primary port of entry for Alta California. Cargos of "everything under the sun" were brought ashore and assessed at the Custom House.

On July 7, 1846, during the Mexican-American War, U.S. military forces raised the "Stars and Stripes" at the Custom House, marking the end of the Mexican era and the beginning of the American era in California.

The building was used for customs operations by the American government until 1858. Today the Custom House looks much as it did when it was a Mexican government facility (1822-1846).

The Custom House was named State Historic Landmark #1 on June 1, 1932.
HM NumberHM16UD
Placed ByMonterey State Historic Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 12:38am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 598973 N 4051434
Decimal Degrees36.60328333, -121.89338333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 36.197', W 121° 53.603'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 36' 11.82" N, 121° 53' 36.18" W
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Area Code(s)408, 831
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15700-15718 Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, Monterey CA 93940, US
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