Santa Rita, Monterey County, California
|Former Unincorporated community|
|Elevation||79 ft (24 m)|
Santa Rita (formerly, New Republic, Sotoville, and Pinecate) was an unincorporated community in Monterey County, California. It was located 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north of Salinas, at an elevation of 79 feet (24 m).
Jose Manuel Soto bought the Santa Rita land grant and allocated 1 square mile (2.6 km2) for a town he named New Republic. The New Republic post office opened in 1870 and changed its name to Santa Rita in 1874, and closed for good in 1907. The town was also called Pinecate from nearby Pinecate Peak, and Sotoville in honor of Soto.
Santa Rita was annexed by Salinas in 1975.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Santa Rita, Monterey County, California
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 955. ISBN 9781884995149.
- Salinas Public Library History
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