Pleyto, California

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Unincorporated community
Pleyto is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 35°51′37″N 120°59′37″W / 35.86028°N 120.99361°W / 35.86028; -120.99361Coordinates: 35°51′37″N 120°59′37″W / 35.86028°N 120.99361°W / 35.86028; -120.99361
Country United States
State California
County Monterey County
Elevation[1] 781 ft (238 m)

Pleyto (formerly, Pleito)[2] is an unincorporated community in Monterey County, California.[1] It is located on the San Antonio River 12.5 miles (20 km) southeast of Jolon,[2] at an elevation of 781 feet (238 m).[1]

The town was founded by William Pinkerton in 1868, and named for the Spanish Land Grant El Pleito which was changed to El Pleyto in 1884 which had become the popular spelling by English Speaking people and was mentioned as early as 1848 as The Pleyto Rancho in reference to the Mexican land grant of 1845 .[2] The Pleito post office operated from 1870 to 1872, from 1874 to 1876.[2] The Pleyto post office operated from 1884 to 1925.[2] The town's original site has been flooded by Lake San Antonio.[2]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pleyto, California
  2. ^ a b c d e f Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 939. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.