The Old Whaling Station

The Old Whaling Station (HM16UM)

Location: Monterey, CA 93940 Monterey County
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N 36° 36.232', W 121° 53.698'

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Where whalers lived and worked

This old adobe was originally built in 1847 by David Wight as a home for his family. The floor plan is reported to be based on Wight's ancestral home in Scotland. The Wights lived in the house only a short time before leaving for the gold fields in 1850.

Portuguese whalers, working for the Old Monterey Whaling Company, began shore whaling operations here in 1855. The building served as company headquarters and employee residence. Whales were spotted from the second floor windows, and the hunt began. The whale blubber was rendered on the beach in huge iron pots like the one you can see in the back garden.

In 1864 the Monterey Gazette reported that pieces of whalebones, which were "plentiful on the beach," were cut and trimmed as paving blocks for "neat and pretty sidewalks" in front of Monterey stores.

The Old Whaling Station has one of the nation's last remaining whalebone sidewalks.

Today the Junior League of Monterey leases this historic site from California State Parks. The adobe and its gardens are used for weddings and other special events.
HM NumberHM16UM
Placed ByMonterey State Historic Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 11:51am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 598831 N 4051497
Decimal Degrees36.60386667, -121.89496667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 36.232', W 121° 53.698'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 36' 13.92" N, 121° 53' 41.88" W
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Area Code(s)408, 831
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 99 Pacific St, Monterey CA 93940, US
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