Today for many in hardscrabble, majority-Latino Salinas, home to 150,000 people, The Grapes of Wrath is less lyrical than real.
Salinas was the home town of John Steinbeck, author of The Grapes of Wrath and great chronicler of Depression-era California.
I whipped up the horses, thinking of the Salinas and its treacherous waters.
From now on the march is an easy one down the Salinas valley to the sea.
It was in the valley of the Salinas (salt river called Buenaventura in the old maps,) and the haunt of marauding Indians.
On the 11th, they ascended the Salinas and began to retrace the route of their coming.
Then Salinas was reached once more, and now we were again on the road to 'Frisco.
In 'the country watered by the Salinas and other tributaries of the Gila.'
Hence the Cape de Verd salt is constantly imported, and is mixed with that from these Salinas.
He also calls them Salinas, salt pits from whence one can draw the salt of discourse.