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King City is a city in Monterey County, California, United States. King City is located on the Salinas River 51mi southeast of Salinas, at an elevation of 335 feet . It lies along U.S. Route 101 in the Salinas Valley of the Central Coast. King City is a member of the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments. The population was 12,874 at the 2010 census. It is a small town which has experienced slow economic growth over the past 50 years.HistoryThe first European land exploration of Alta California, the Spanish Portolá expedition, camped on the Salinas River just south of today's King City on September 26, 1769, having followed the route of today's Jolon Road from the south.King City was originally known as King's City for the founder, Charles King. In 1884 Charles King acquired 13000acre of the Mexican land grant Rancho San Lorenzo, and began growing 6000acre of wheat. The town began as a train stop in 1886 for the Southern Pacific Railroad to service the farms and ranches in the south Salinas Valley and to transport the goods to San Francisco and Los Angeles. It was originally called "Hog Town" since swine were one of the major agricultural products of the area in the 1880s. The King City post office first opened in 1887. King City incorporated under the name "City of King" in 1911.King City is in California (CA). Plan the details of your King City holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use United States trip planner .
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