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Historic Highway Alignments in Castroville (CA 1, CA 156 and CA 183)

Over the past three years on my travels to Monterey I've passed through the Castroville dozens of times.  Given my visits to Castroville have been frequent I have been able to locate the historic alignments of the State Highways through he community.


Castroville is located at near Monterey Bay and the mouth of Salinas River in western Monterey County.  Castroville is presently served by; CA 1/Cabrillo Highway, CA 183/Merritt Street and the CA 156 freeway.


Castroville was founded in 1863 off of land that was part of Rancho Bolsa Nueva y Moro Cojo.  Castroville would gain importance when it became a siding of the Southern Pacific Railroad during the 1870s.  While the community of Castroville was largely always centered around agriculture it has come to be known as the Artichoke Center of the World.  Artichokes have been planted in Castroville since 1922 which has come to be what the community is most known for.  Between 1959 to 2009 Castroville was host to the Castroville Artichoke …