The grand Gothic church that once stood at this site was
built in 1888 and was the vital center of the community. Later,
a giant lighted revolving cross was added to the top of the building,
and it could be seen for miles out to sea.
In describing the miraculous portents that
occur before Doc starts his octopus research, Steinbeck tells
of the mushrooms that grew out of the floor of the basement of
the Methodist Church:
There were prodigies and portents
that winter and spring, but you never notice such things until
afterward. . . .A cloud drifting in formed the letters O-N in
the sky over Monterey. Mushrooms grew out of the concrete floor
of the basement of the Methodist Church. Perhaps all this meant
nothing; you never notice such things until afterward.
(Sweet Thursday, Chapter 3).
Continue on Lighthouse to Forest Avenue and turn left.
Turn right at Central, and on your right is . . .
THE PACIFIC GROVE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY