Thursday, April 23, 2009

MPC Football, 1959

Eddie Esteban from Pacific Grove was one of forty-four players who turned out for the first day of football practice on September, 2, 1959 at Monterey Peninsula College with coach Tor Spindler.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Beached Boats, Feb. 23, 1953

Seven ships were torn from their moorings at the Monterey Harbor and grounded on the beach by a sixty-mph northeast gale on Monday, February 23, 1953. The incident caused an estimated $500,000 in damages. The purse seiners New Hope, Cerrito Bros. and Petrina F suffered the most damage. Crews from the Granite Construction Company as well as the Army, helped in the salvage operation.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Nikita Khrushchev, Sept. 20, 1959

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, traveling by train from Los Angeles to San Francisco, stopped in Salinas on Sunday, September 20, 1959. Accompanied by U.N. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, the northbound train rolled in to the Salinas train station at 3:45 p.m. The six-minute stop failed to yield a glimpse of the Soviet Premier to the hundreds of people who gathered around W. Market Street.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Dennis the Menace Train, Jan. 26, 1956

"Old 1285" contributed by Southern Pacific and moved to its resting place by the Army, now stands still and safe for small fry to swarm over to their hearts content. The smoke stack has been covered over so tots won't fall in. The clapper has been removed from the bell after complaints about the noise from people a half mile away.

A excerpt from a Monterey Herald article on the train that was placed at Dennis the Menace Park on January 26-27, 1956.