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Home > California > Monterey > Presidio of Monterey, Soldier Field, Monterey, Monterey County, CA



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B&W Photos
East Part Of Solidier Field, Looking Northwest Toward Building 274 And Plummer Street, From Ball Diamond In Southeast Corner
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East Part Of Solidier Field, Looking Northwest Toward Building 274 And Plummer Street, From Ball Diamond In Southeast Corner

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Detail Of Disturbance Area, Northeast Part Of Soldier Field, Showing Roadway, Pilasters, And West Ditch.
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Detail Of Disturbance Area, Northeast Part Of Soldier Field, Showing Roadway, Pilasters, And West Ditch.
Detail Of Disturbance Area, Northeast Part Of Soldier Field, Showing Roadway, Pilasters, And West Ditch.
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Detail Of Disturbance Area, Northeast Part Of Soldier Field, Showing Roadway, Pilasters, And West Ditch.
West Pilaster, Also Showing Iron Grate Over West Ditch
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West Pilaster, Also Showing Iron Grate Over West Ditch
West Pilaster, Also Showing Iron Grate Over West Ditch
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West Pilaster, Also Showing Iron Grate Over West Ditch
Detail, Iron And Concrete Bridge Over West Ditch.
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Detail, Iron And Concrete Bridge Over West Ditch.
Detail, Iron And Concrete Bridge Over West Ditch.
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Detail, Iron And Concrete Bridge Over West Ditch.
Masonry Detail, Low Wall At Northeast Corner Of Soldier Field
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Masonry Detail, Low Wall At Northeast Corner Of Soldier Field
Masonry Detail, Low Wall At Northeast Corner Of Soldier Field
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Masonry Detail, Low Wall At Northeast Corner Of Soldier Field
Detail, Low Wall, East Edge Of East Ditch
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Detail, Low Wall, East Edge Of East Ditch
Detail, Low Wall, East Edge Of East Ditch
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Detail, Low Wall, East Edge Of East Ditch
Northeast Corner, Soldier Field, Looking Southeast Toward The Gymnasium, Showing East Ditch And A Section Of Low Wall
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Northeast Corner, Soldier Field, Looking Southeast Toward The Gymnasium, Showing East Ditch And A Section Of Low Wall

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'birdseyeview, Presidio Of Monterey, Cal., Jan

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'birdseyeview, Presidio Of Monterey, Cal., Jan

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Item Title


Location
Soldier Field, Monterey, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2666-A
Building/structure dates: 1902 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1936 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1941 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1976 subsequent work
Significance: Soldier Field, established on the original Monterey military reservation, was laid out in 1902 as the parade ground for the Presidio of Monterey. The eight-acre parade and athletic competition grounds was planted in bermuda grass and drained by rock-lined ditches around its perimeter. Soldier Field was improved in 1935-1936 when Depression-era relief program crews leveled the sloping grounds into two separate fields, erected a reviewing stand, and built stone retaining walls with pilasters and a drainage system around its perimeter. Kit Carson Road was extended through the grounds at this time. During World War II, the field was partially paved and built over with a temporary reception center and barracks, later removed in 1975-76 (Jackson Research Projects [JRP} 1985). The rock wall, pilasters, and west ditch at Soldier Field were constructed during the Depression-era works projects, along with the extension of Kit Carson Road across the field. The east ditch was constructed when Soldier Field was initially laid out in 1902. All the features are significant for their association with military history in northern California, and with conservation work during the Depression. Soldier Field retains significant historical characteristics of the early Old Post-era and the Depression-era work projects.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. SOUTH PART OF SOLDIER FIELD, LOOKING WEST TOWARD CHAPEL FROM BALL DIAMOND IN SOUTHEAST CORNER. (Panoramic view 1/2).
2. EAST PART OF SOLIDIER FIELD, LOOKING NORTHWEST TOWARD BUILDING 274 AND PLUMMER STREET, FROM BALL DIAMOND IN SOUTHEAST CORNER. (Panoramic view 2/2).
3. OVERVIEW OF NORTH PART, SOLDIER FIELD, LOOKING NORTHEAST FROM THE WALL ALONG THE WEST SIDE, OPPOSITE THE CHAPEL. NOTE STONE WALL AND PILASTERS IN THE FAR CENTRAL DISTANCE.
4. DETAIL OF DISTURBANCE AREA, NORTHEAST PART OF SOLDIER FIELD, SHOWING ROADWAY, PILASTERS, AND WEST DITCH.
5. SOLITARY EAST PILASTER, ALSO SHOWING FOOTPATH AND DITCH IN BACKGROUND. VIEW TO NORTHWEST.
6. WEST PILASTER AND SECTION OF WALL TO BE REMOVED, LOOKING NORTH.
7. WEST PILASTER, ALSO SHOWING IRON GRATE OVER WEST DITCH. INSCRIPTION READS 'US TECHNICAL SERVICE, ORD MILITARY CAMP A2 & A5.' VIEW TO SOUTHWEST.
8. WEST DITCH CROSSING GRASSED AREA BETWEEN PLUMMER STREET AND WEST PILASTER. VIEW TO NORTHEAST.
9. DETAIL, IRON AND CONCRETE BRIDGE OVER WEST DITCH.
10. OVERVIEW OF PARTIALLY BURIED LOW WALL AT NORTHEAST CORNER OF SOLDIER FIELD. VIEW TO SOUTHEAST.
11. MASONRY DETAIL, LOW WALL AT NORTHEAST CORNER OF SOLDIER FIELD. VIEW TO SOUTH.
12. GROVE AT NORTHEAST CORNER OF SOLDIER FIELD, LOOKING EAST. LOW WALL OF EAST DITCH IS VISIBLE AT BASE OF TREES.
13. DETAIL, LOW WALL, EAST EDGE OF EAST DITCH. VIEW TO SOUTHEAST.
14. 'TROOP A, OREGON CAVALRY IN CAMP AT PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, 1915.' Anton C. Heidrick, photographer. This panoramic view looks west from the lower end of Soldier Field, before construction of walls and roads. Original warm toned silver gelatin print measures 94.9 cm by 19.7 cm, flush mounted on mat board.
15. NORTHEAST CORNER, SOLDIER FIELD, LOOKING SOUTHEAST TOWARD THE GYMNASIUM, SHOWING EAST DITCH AND A SECTION OF LOW WALL. No date, probably ca. 1935. Photographer unknown. Original silver gelatin print measures 13.1 cm by 7.3 cm, flush mounted on mat board.
16. 'EXCELLENT NEW PARADE GROUND BEST SINCE POST ESTABLISHED. STARTED BY COL. RALPH PARKER, FINISHED BY COL. TROUPE MILLER, PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY CALIFORNIA.' No date, probably ca. 1936. No signature, photographer probably Anton C. Heidrick. This panoramic view looks east over Soldier Field to the Bay, from the cannons at the west end. Original hand tinted silver gelatin print measures 90.4 cm by 20.2 cm, flush mounted on mat board.
17. 'BIRDSEYEVIEW, PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, CAL., JAN. 1938.' No signature, photographer probably Anton C. Heidrick. This panoramic view looks west over Soldier Field from the upper floor or roof of the gymnasium. Original cool toned silver gelatin print measures 85.1 cm by 22.4 cm, flush mounted on mat board.


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