Description: Postcard of a long one story building with green accent windows and greenery growing at the sides of the house. On the edges of the picture, it is described as "First Theatre in California, Monterey, California." The back of the postcard adds, "The First Theatre This was one of California's proudest spots in early days. Here Spanish, Mexicans, and Americans gathered for entertainment and diversion. A long rectangular Adobe built by John A. Swan, popularly known as Jack Swan, pioneer of 1843, who opened a saloon and boarding house. At the close of the Mexican War, some disbanded U. S. soldiers gave an amateur performance here which was so successful that they induced Jack Swan to fit up the long wing of his saloon for a theatre. The beloved Jenny Lind is said to have sung here on her American tour in 1850-52."
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Partner: McFaddin-Ward House Museum