Santa Rita, Salinas, California
|Neighborhood of Salinas|
|Elevation||79 ft (24 m)|
Santa Rita (formerly, New Republic, Sotoville, and Pinecate) is a neighborhood of Salinas in Monterey County, California. It is located north of downtown, 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 permanently 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, Salinas, California
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 955. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
- Salinas Public Library History
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