town of Jolon (pronounced ho-lone) was established in the 1860's
to meet the needs of miners traveling to the los Burros Mining District
on the coast. It later developed into the center of commercial and
social activity in southern Monterey County. Its gradual demise
began with the completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad and the
subsequent development of the King City area. The town came under
ownership of William Randolph Hearst in the 1920's in 1940 Hearst
sold the property to the U.S. Army. Its current Owner.
Steinbeck used Jolon as a setting for his book "To a God
Unknown." Today the community of Jolon consists
of the original General Merchandise store that is vacant and a small
church that is still used by the Jolon locals.