Travel Guide to California - - HISTORY -

Cas­tro­ville, an agri­cul­tural town of 6,500 in Mon­terey County that calls it­self the artichoke cen­ter of the world, is home to ex­pan­sive fields planted with this tasty mem­ber of the this­tle fam­ily. The an­nual Cas­tro­ville Artichoke Food and Wine Fes­ti­val, fea­tur­ing the likes of fried, sautéed and grilled ar­ti­chokes, along with music and three­d­i­men­sional “veg­etable art,’’ takes place on the first week­end in June at the Mon­terey County Fair­grounds. In 1948, Cas­tro­ville crowned vis­it­ing star­let Norma Jean Baker as Cal­i­for­nia’s Artichoke Queen. Norma Jean later won fame un­der her new name, Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe.

HOLLYWOODLAND, a hous­ing de­vel­op­ment es­tab­lished in 1923 marked by this sign on Beach­wood Drive, top, was the in­spi­ra­tion for the fa­mous Hol­ly­wood sign; Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, above.

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