Gonzales is a city located in Monterey County, south of the city of Salinas. Gonzales is in the heart of wine country and is relied on heavily for wine cultivation. Homes for rent give families opportunities to explore any of the vineyards and wineries in the area, including ones such as Paul Masson Vineyards. Seize fun while playing in the Centennial Sports Park, take a dip in the community swimming pools or cook up some barbeque in the city's Central Park.
Facts for Renters
The city was founded by Dr. Mariano Gonzalez and his brother Alfredo Gonzalez in 1874. The brothers were sons of Teodoro Gonzalez, who came to Monterey at age 19 from Mexico. He received a mayoral position in 1836 and then received a grant known as Rancho Rincon de la Puente del Monte, which now is present day Gonzales.
In 1872, The South Pacific Railroad was built in the city and soon after a depot was built to let trains stop for people. The two brothers planned out the city in 1874 using the grant their father gave them. Twenty years later the population reached 500 people.
The city was known for its production of cattle and grain, until the Swiss immigrants brought dairy to the area. The first condensed milk was created in the 1900s and brought to Gonzales by 1906, where a dairy company was built. Dairy farming led to vegetable farming, which was successful due to developments in agriculture and machinery.