Founded in the 1820s, Salinas is the county seat of Monterey County. Salinas is located in central California about twenty minutes from the coast. It is an hour south of San Jose, an hour and 45 minutes south of San Francisco, and 25 minutes northeast of Monterey. Salinas is in a very rich farming region that produces fruit and vegetables. It is known as the "Salad Bowl of America" because over 80% of the lettuce grown in the United States is grown in the Salinas area.

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