tiny town of Spreckels is about four miles south west of Salinas.
Spreckels was named in honor of
Claus Spreckels who built the tiny town for his employees
complete with a school, a grocery store, tiny post office and a
fire department. The facility was the largest beet sugar factory
in the United States in 1899, built on the banks of the
Salinas River. The Spreckels Sugar Company began selling
their company houses in 1925. John
Steinbeck and his father worked at the sugar factory.
John Seinbeck used Spreckels as a setting in some portions of his
book Tortilla Flat and is mentioned in his books
"East of Eden" and "Sweet Thursday."
The movie East of Eden was filmed in Spreckels. Spreckels
maintains a wonderful park "Spreckels Memorial Park" on
2nd and 3rd streets.