OUR HISTORY

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The First Mayor's House (or Harvey House) was home to Salinas' First Mayor, Isaac Julian Harvey, his wife, Sarah and their children (Benton, Sophronia, Josephine, and Mabel). Today, it is one of the very few homes that still exist from early Salinas, and it is the only one that operates as a museum and cultural heritage center to interpret early history of Salinas for local schoolchildren.  Moved twice since it was built in 1868, the House is significant for its connection to the transportation age and the coming of the Southern Pacific Railroad to Salinas, California. In recent years the House, now a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, has served as a grand host for many community events, such as Salinas Founders' Day.