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Old Hilltown
Unincorporated community
Location in California
Country United States
State California
County Monterey County
Elevation 46 ft (14 m)

Old Hilltown (formerly, Hill Town) is an unincorporated community in Monterey County, California. It is located on the north side of the Salinas River 3 miles (4.8 km) south-southwest of Salinas on California State Route 68, at an elevation of 46 feet (14 m). The name is from James Bryant Hill, one of the first settler in the area. The first European land exploration of Alta California, the Spanish Portolá expedition, camped on the Salinas River in this vicinity on September 30, 1769, having followed the river from the south for several days. From this camp, the scouts went out to survey the route ahead and saw Monterey Bay for the first time. Unsure whether the point they could see at the southern end of the bay was the "Point of Pines" described by Sebastian Vizcaino in 1602, Portola decided that the party should investigate.

Hill Town was established at a ford of the Salinas River called Paso del Quinto. Hill Town was the site of one of the first ferries on the Salinas River. The ferry operated until 1889 when a bridge was built across the river. The site is now registered as California Historical Landmark #560.

Marker for Hill Town
Hill Town Ferry. The plaque says: HILL TOWN FERRY HISTORICAL MONUMENT 1807-1889 MARKED BY SAN JOSE OF GUADALUPE CHAPTER DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN COLONISTS 1957."



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