The Old Monterey Jail

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An impenetrable fortress for a century.

The Old Monterey Jail was constructed in 1854 and served as the City Jail until 1956. No one ever escaped from the thick granite walls during its history. The building is open to the public daily.

Old Monterey Jail exterior

Location and Hours

Location: The Old Jail is located next to Colton Hall. Map and directions
Hours: Open Daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day
Phone: (831) 646-5640 (Museum) / Fax: (831) 646-3917
(831) 646-3933
Address: Colton Hall Museum, City Hall, Monterey, CA 93940

Young Sports

On Tuesday last there arrived on the steamer Constantine two lads who were apparently prepared for a grand hunting tour through this section. They were aged respectively about 12 and 14 years, and from the number of shooting irons and amount of ammunition they carried it was evident that they intended to make a lengthy stay among us.

Refusing the offers from the coaches for a free ride, they gathered up their traps and marched down to the wharf and from thence to town.

About this time Constable Barnes received a telegram from San Francisco directing him to arrest and detain them, until called for, which he did. The boys slept two nights in the jail, and their spirits were pretty well tamed. One of them had $200 in coin, a fine English fowling piece, a silver mounted pistol and hunting knife, and both were provided with satchels filled with ammunition. The father of one of the boys arrived on Wednesday and took them back to the city next day.

Out of respect of the parents, who were highly respectable residents of San Francisco, we withhold the names of the boys, hoping in the future that they will profit by the lesson taught them.

Weekly Herald, January 16, 1875.


Old Monterey Jail interior