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Page 1. " A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green "
Soledad, CA
Public DomainSoledad, CA - Credit: Tolerancezero on Wikimedia Commons

 Soledad is a city in California, located in fertile farmland and grape-growing country. It has a warm climate that is ideal for growing crops year-round.

The Salinas River flows for 170 miles north-northwest, cutting through the California Coast Ranges. The river is now a ‘wildlife corridor’, connecting many forms of wildlife that have been separated by human building projects and roads. The river also provides irrigation for many farms and vineyards in the Salinas Valley.


‘Soledad’ means ‘solitude’ in Spanish, an appropriate name given that loneliness is one of the main themes of this story.


Find out more about Soledad from the town’s official website.

Find out more about the Salinas Valley and its connection with the works of John Steinbeck.