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Hollister, California, USA

Hollister, San Benito, CA

The town, then located in Monterey County, was founded November 19, 1868 when the San Justo Homestead Association purchased the property from William Welles Hollister (1818–1886). Undecided about a name for the new town, an association member, Napa vintner Henry Hagen, was tired of Saint and Spanish names in nearby towns and suggested the name Hollister. The City was incorporated on August 29, 1872. The western portion of San Benito County, including Hollister, was separated from Monterey County in 1874. The county was expanded eastward in 1887 to include portions taken from Merced and Fresno Counties.

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  • 1895 - Hollister
    Hol'lister, a post-village, capital of San Benito co., Cal., in the beautiful and fertile San Benito Valley, on the Southern Pacific Railroad, 94 mile...Read MORE...


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    San Benito Street, looking North
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  • Hollister, California, USA
    Hollister Grammar School
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  • 1916
    Hollister, a banking post-town, capital of San Benito co., Cal., In the beautiful and fertile San Benito Valley, on the Southern Pacific R, 94 miles S...Read MORE...


  • News 1920 - San Benito Couple Hurt in Accident. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Spencer Injured When Motorcycle Brakes Fail to Work.
    HOLLISTER, May 25. - Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Spencer of this city met with an accident Sunday, while descending the Quien Saba grade. The brakes on their t...Read MORE...


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    Residence of R. P. Lathrop, Hollister, Cal.

    "The Lathrop Hay Company was a Hollister-based hay producer. Founded by L. B. Lathrop in 1873. Lathrop had been an orchardist in San Jose, but had moved to Hollister in 1873. He produced a huge crop of... Read MORE...

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San Benito Street, looking North
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Hollister Grammar School
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Residence of R. P. Lathrop, Hollister, Cal.

"The Lathrop Hay Company was a Hollister-based hay producer. Founded by L. B. Lathrop in 1873. Lathrop had been an orchardist in San Jose, but had moved to Hollister in 1873. He produced a huge crop of... Read MORE...

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  • 1895 - Hollister
    Hol'lister, a post-village, capital of San Benito co., Cal., in the beautiful and fertile San Benito Valley, on the Southern Pacific Railroad, 94... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Hollister, a banking post-town, capital of San Benito co., Cal., In the beautiful and fertile San Benito Valley, on the Southern Pacific R, 94 miles... Read MORE...

  • News  1920 - San Benito Couple Hurt in Accident. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Spencer Injured When Motorcycle Brakes Fail to Work.
    HOLLISTER, May 25. - Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Spencer of this city met with an accident Sunday, while descending the Quien Saba grade. The brakes on their... Read MORE...

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