First Mayor's House

20 Station Pl
Salinas CA  93901

Phone: (831) 214-8661

First Mayor's House

The house was located at 238 East Romie Lane for many years, but was relocated in 1999 to the Salinas Transportation Center because of its historical significance to the opening of the Southern Pacific Railroad passageway in Salinas by Leland Stanford, a contemporary and friend of then Mayor Isaac Harvey.

The Harvey house is the oldest home in town, one of ten dating from the period that still exist in Salinas and it is the only one that operates as a museum and interprets the early history of Salinas. It is located on a 16,0750 square lot adjacent to what will soon be the Intermodal Transportation Center.

Salinas' only living history center...and window to the past. Follow us @1stMayorsHouse on Twitter.com

Isaac Julian Harvey was a successful merchant from Saint Joseph, Missouri when he moved west to capitalize on the prosperity of the Gold Rush in 1853. In 1866, he brought his family to "Salinas City," where there were only twelve buildings and the nearest railroad was in San Jose. Isaac and his son Absalom "Benton" established Harvey and Company, a successful general store. Soon the family became very active participants in early Salinas life.

In late 1868, Isaac built a house of redwood hauled from Moss Landing. Originally located behind his store facing Gabilan Street, the house was later moved around the corner to 138 Monterey Street where it was surrounded by a family orchard, a stable, chicken and rabbit house, woodshed and out houses.

Isaac was becoming a most influential citizen, instrumental in relocating the county seat from Monterey to Salinas, in bringing the railroad through town, and in securing the incorporation of Salinas. Fittingly, he was then appointed the first Mayor of Salinas.



The First Mayor's House is available for rental for your special event, meeting or private gathering. Contact (831) 214-8661 to learn more. Individuals may also make a secure online donation on our website: www.firstmayorshouse.org

The mission of the First Mayor's House is to bring the past to life for the benefit of local school children, and it is to bring the future to life for Salinas Railroads Museum, stimulating the development of the new cultural and heritage center and inter

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Weekend Art and Museum Walk

Weekend Art and Museum Walk
05:00 pm - 10/06/2017

At First Mayor's House

Join us for our First “WEEKEND” Museum & Art Exhibit Walk First Friday, October 6 5:00-7:30 p.m. and First Saturday,...

Salinas Founders' Day

Salinas Founders' Day
11:00 am - 04/08/2017

At First Mayor's House

Come enjoy a day learning about the history and culture of Salinas while having fun. Tours, historicl talks, entertainment, old fashioned carnival, food, book...

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