360° VR Panoramas of El Camino Real
The Lower Salinas Valley
Between Salinas and King City, California

The lower Salinas Valley is known as the nation's salad bowl, specializing in lettuce and other fresh vegetables during the mild winters and cool summers. The agricultural landscape is characterized by stoneless soils, unfenced fields, year-around field laborers, and highly specialized farm machinery. Increasingly, vineyards have been planted on the low slopes bordering the flat valley floor.

There was a Spanish mission here, la Soledad (solitude), but it is now in ruins and little visited.

Wikipedia: Salinas Valley
See also: Mission Nuestra Se

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A museum wing and church have been reconstructed at Mission Soledad

A museum wing and church have been reconstructed at Mission Soledad

A museum wing and church have been reconstructed at Mission Soledad

Mission la Soledad, California

Date photographed: March 17, 2006
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Adobe walls and stone foundations are all that remain of Mission Soldedad

Adobe walls and stone foundations are all that remain of Mission Soldedad

Adobe walls and stone foundations are all that remain of Mission Soldedad

Mission la Soledad, California

Date photographed: March 17, 2006
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Freight train near Gonzales in the Salinas Valley

Freight train near Gonzales in the Salinas Valley

Freight train near Gonzales in the Salinas Valley

near Gonzales, California

Date photographed: February 25, 2006
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Vineyards in the Salinas Valley, near Greenfield

Vineyards in the Salinas Valley, near Greenfield

Vineyards in the Salinas Valley, near Greenfield

near Greenfield, California

Date photographed: May 7, 2006
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