San Benancio along Highway 68 in Monterey/Salinas
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History and etymology The region was named for San Benancio Gulch which is the small canyon that forms the majority of the region (book ref). A map dated 1834 lists the region as "Canada de San Benancio". The Spanish name most likely refers to one of four Saints venerated with the name Venantius (site 3). The region was settled, originally by Spaniards San Benancio was the inspiration for "Las Pasturas del Cielo" the fictional setting in John Steinbeck's "Pastures of Heaven". A Salinas native, Steinbeck spent time in his youth within San Benancio specifically "Castle Rock" near the base of the Canyon and accurately described the region in "Pastures of Heaven": ". . . he saw-a long valley floored with green pasturage on which a herd of deer browsed. Perfect live oaks in the meadow of the...