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Image: A 1940/50s neon sign reading "Motel."
Image: The Whitehouse Inn located at 3030 Monterey Road. Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce. Driving down Monterey Road the other day, I was struck by all of the new construction. Since the early 1960s, the road has been a collection of light industrial businesses along with retail stores, old motels, and an occasional restaurant or house. The old motels have always held the most fascination for me, as they harken back to a day when Monterey Road was a major thoroughfare for travelers. Image: The Palm Tree Inn Motel located at 2724 Monterey Highway. Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce. Monterey Road began...Read more...
Image: César Chávez in 1982.  Photo coutesty of Ted Sahl Collection, MSS 1996-03-01 San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives.
Take a look back at local sites associated with the dedicated life of César Chávez.Read more...