Santa Rita, Monterey County, California

Santa Rita, Monterey County, California
Santa Rita
—  Former Unincorporated community  —
Santa Rita is located in California
Santa Rita
Location in California
Coordinates: 36°43′26″N 121°39′22″W / 36.72389°N 121.65611°W / 36.72389; -121.65611Coordinates: 36°43′26″N 121°39′22″W / 36.72389°N 121.65611°W / 36.72389; -121.65611
Country United States
State California
County Monterey County
Elevation[1] 79 ft (24 m)

Santa Rita (formerly, New Republic, Sotoville, and Pinecate)[2] was an unincorporated community in Monterey County, California.[1] It was located 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north of Salinas,[2] at an elevation of 79 feet (24 m).[1]

Jose Manuel Soto bought the Santa Rita land grant and allocated 1 square mile (2.6 km2) for a town he named New Republic.[2] The New Republic post office opened in 1870 and changed its name to Santa Rita in 1874, and closed for good in 1907.[2] The town was also called Pinecate from nearby Pinecate Peak, and Sotoville in honor of Soto.[2]

Santa Rita was annexed by Salinas in 1975.[3]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Santa Rita, Monterey County, California
  2. ^ a b c d e Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 955. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  3. ^ Salinas Public Library History

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