Metz, California

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Metz is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 36°21′18″N 121°12′42″W / 36.35500°N 121.21167°W / 36.35500; -121.21167Coordinates: 36°21′18″N 121°12′42″W / 36.35500°N 121.21167°W / 36.35500; -121.21167
CountryUnited States
CountyMonterey County
Elevation236 ft (72 m)

Metz (formerly, Chalone) is an unincorporated community in the Salinas Valley, in Monterey County, California.[1] It is located on the Southern Pacific Railroad and County Route G15, 3 miles (4.8 km) northeast of Greenfield,[2] at an elevation of 236 feet (72 m).[1]


The first European land exploration of Alta California, the Spanish Portolá expedition, camped in this vicinity on September 27, 1769, having followed the Salinas River from the south.[3]

A post office operated at Metz from 1888 to 1933.[2]

The place was originally called Chalone when the railroad was built to the site in 1886.[2] Upon the establishment of the post office, the settlement was renamed Metz in honor of W.H.H. Metz, its first postmaster.[2]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Metz, California
  2. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 924. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Bolton, Herbert E. (1927). Fray Juan Crespi: Missionary Explorer on the Pacific Coast, 1769-1774. HathiTrust Digital Library. pp. 198–199. Retrieved April 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)