California Historic Landmarks

Colton Hall

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Colton Hall
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Landmark Number: 126
Location: Civic Center, Pacific Street between Jefferson and Madison, Monterey, Monterey County
Marker Plaque: one or more plaques placed by civic organizations or other groups


The California State Constitution was drafted here from September 1 to October 15, 1849. Reverend Walter Colton erected the building as a public hall and school house. He and Robert Semple established California's first American newspaper in Monterey on August 15, 1846.



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