Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cesar Chavez released from jail, Dec. 24, 1970

Cesar Chavez speaks to the assembled crowd after his release from the Monterey County jail in Salinas on December 24, 1970. (Photo: Monterey County Herald)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Custom House Tunnel Construction, 1967

Monterey mayor Minnie Coyle dedicated the one and only tunnel in Monterey on April 5, 1968. The actual dedication was delayed while over $9,000 worth of damage had to be repaired due to a construction vehicle damaging the ceiling tiles. The $2.5 million urban renewal traffic tunnel, then known as the Custom House Tunnel or Minnie's Ditch, took over two-years to complete. The tunnel connecting downtown Monterey with New Monterey and Cannery Row runs beneath Custom House Plaza

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Miss Pacific Grove, 1958

Brown haired Gail Maitre (center) gives a big smile on Sunday, July 6, 1958 after being picked the winner in a close contest for Queen of the Feast of Lanterns and Miss Pacific Grove. Miss Maitre is wearing the calypso costume that went with the ballad she sang in the talent section of the contest. (Monterey Herald archives)

This was the scene at Pacific Grove's Beach on Sunday afternoon July 6, 1958 during the judging of contestants for Queen of the upcoming Fest of Lanterns. Several thousand people who attended the Pacific Grove event were part of what may have been the biggest weekend crowd in the Peninsula history. (Monterey Herald archives)