City of Marina, Monterey Co.Views looking north down the Southern Pacific right-of-way paralleling Del Monte Avenue and showing the old Marina depot
Photo by Paul Loyola Henchey, (1913-1957) of San Francisco
November 11, 1948
Photo Accession CV # 98-066-0008
The area now known as Marina was once owned by land barons David Jacks (1822-1909) and James Bardin (1810-1888), who in the mid-1860s owned much of the land that now constitutes the Monterey Peninsula.
After Mr. Badlin passed away in 1888, his heirs sold much of his property to John Armstrong for farming and grazing; other tracts were purchased for future development.
Southern Pacific Railroad laid tracks through the area in 1880 from San Francisco to Monterey to serve the new Hotel Del Monte via the Del Monte Express that ran for almost a century, from 1880-1971.
In the early 1900s the area was designated as "Bardin," then "Locke-Paddon Colonies," then "Paddonville," and finally, from 1918, became known as Marina."
The Southern Pacific Railroad Company was convinced by then-owner William Locke-Paddon (July 8, 1876- May 11, 1972), to make a flag stop for his customers en route from San Francisco.
It was his decision to change the name of the area to Marina.
Because he set parcels aside for a school, a church, and other attributes of an organized city,
William Locke-Paddon is considered the father of Marina. Marina's first post office was established in April 1919 by Mr. C.C. Samuels; his wife Murtle served as the first Postmaster. In those days, the post office was housed in conjunction with a general store and a gasoline pump just 50 feet east of the Southern Pacific tracks.
Marina was incorporated as a city in November of 1975.
Its nearest neighbor, from 1917, was the U.S. Army base, originally called Camp Gigling, later known as Camp Ord, and from the 1940's as Fort Ord.
This base was "realigned" in November 1994 and is currently home to California State University Monterey Bay, a research park, and a number of housing developments. We also have photos of the city of Seaside, Monterey Co. For other Railroad photo from our archives.
Holdings: Photos of early Carmel and over 22,135 of Monterey County listed in our database and over 81,900 total in the collection.
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