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Frequently Asked Questions

Did John Steinbeck really live here?

John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, on February 27, 1902, and grew up in a Victorian home that still stands today as a restaurant. Growing up in this prosperous, bustling farming town and trading center-left an imprint on Steinbeck, who lived here until attending Stanford University in 1919. Books like East of Eden and Cannery Row carried with them the sense of place Salinas instilled upon him.