Jolon, California

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Unincorporated community
Jolon is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°58′15″N 121°10′34″W / 35.97083°N 121.17611°W / 35.97083; -121.17611Coordinates: 35°58′15″N 121°10′34″W / 35.97083°N 121.17611°W / 35.97083; -121.17611
Country United States
State California
County Monterey County
Elevation[1] 971 ft (296 m)

Jolon /hɵˈln/ is an unincorporated community in Monterey County, California.[1] It is located 17 miles (27 km) south of King City,[2] at an elevation of 971 feet (296 m).[1] Jolon is located in the Salinas Valley in a rural area located about 6 miles from Mission San Antonio de Padua, and is part of Fort Hunter Liggett.

The town was founded by Antonio Ramirez who built an inn at the place in 1850.[2] The Jolon post office was founded in 1872.[2] Jolon was owned by William Randolph Hearst in the 1920s, who sold it to the US Army, its current owner. The ZIP Code is 93928,[3] and the community is inside area code 831.

Jolon is mentioned in the chorus of the song "South Coast" [1], as a place you could gamble back in its frontier days.

Jolon is also the setting for John Steinbeck's novel To a God Unknown. The town is not mentioned in the book but is the basis for the fictional town in the book.

The Hacienda[edit]

William Randolph Hearst built a hotel known as The Hacienda near Jolon. That hotel, now owned by the United States Army, is operated by a concessionaire and open to the public.[4]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Jolon, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 910. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  3. ^ USPS ZIP Code lookup tool
  4. ^ The Hacienda

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