- Historic Sites
Colton Hall Museum
Authentic items and replicas recreate the room where the delegates met, debated, and approved a remarkable document. Colton Hall is a landmark in the City of Monterey, once the capital of Alta California. The Old Monterey Jail located adjacent to Colton Hall was constructed in 1854 and served as the City Jail until 1956. The jail was an impenetrable fortress for its inmates; no one ever escaped from the thick granite walls during its history.