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Colton Hall Museum
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Haunted Place - Colton Hall Museum

ADDRESS:

570 Pacific Street
Monterey, California

Web Link
* (831) 646-5640

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LOCATION:

Colton Hall can be found in the Old Town section of Monterey, on Pacific Street, between Jefferson and Madison. It is open to the public from 10:00 - 12:00 and from 1:00 - 5:00.

DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY:

Colton Hall was the first public building constructed under the American flag, by the U.S. Navy Chaplain, Walter Colton, described as a just and honest man, who was appointed to serve as Monterey's first American Alcalde, 1846-1849. His duties encompassed those of a Mayor and Judge.

This two story, handsome building whose front is ornamented with a portico, was used for several purposes. The first floor apartments were used for a children's public school. Over the apartments on the second floor was a huge public meeting hall, seventy by thirty feet. There is a porch balcony that extends across the front of the second floor of the building.

The most famous event that took place in this upstairs hall was the 1849 California Constitutional Convention. The state of California entered the Union on Sept. 9th, 1850. From 1850 to 1872, Monterey served as the County Seat for the newly formed county. Colton Hall housed the Court House offices, being so close to the local jail.

MANIFESTATIONS:

The porch balcony off the second floor made a dandy scaffold, and some condemned, and some untried prisoners as well were hung by a rope off of it, after 1850.

Guides on the second floor have felt unseen entities watching them, heard footsteps on the porch balcony, second floor and have walked through some moving cold spots, among other experiences that let them know that they are not alone.

Still Haunted?

Yes.

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Photos copyright Tom Carr.