Howard Strohn (left) and John and Karen Jernigan will speak on “The Bridges of Southern Monterey County” at Casa Serrano in Monterey on Tuesday, Aug. 15. (Contributed)

MONTEREY — The Monterey History and Art Association will be hosting a lecture and video presentation at Casa Serrano in Monterey on Tuesday, Aug. 15, starting at 1:30 p.m.

The topic is “The Bridges of Southern Monterey County,” featuring speakers John and Karen Jernigan of King City and Howard Strohn of San Ardo. All three are members of the San Antonio Valley Historical Association and specialize in the history of South County, in particular the Jolon and Lockwood areas.

John Jernigan took an interest in the bridges after the floods on the Salinas River this year. He was able to study historic photos from the Lou G. Hare collection at the Monterey County Historical Society in Salinas.

Hare was a county surveyor around the turn of the century and was involved in the building and photographing of bridges around the county. The bridges were integral to the social and commercial fabric of the small communities along the river. 

The slideshow will feature bridges starting at the Pacific Ocean and moving south in the upstream direction of the Salinas River.

Karen Jernigan is a former news reporter for the King City Rustler. 

Strohn currently lives in San Ardo. He served several years as president of the Big Sur Historical Society and 14 years as president of Historic Mission San Antonio.

Strohn recently worked with the Jernigans to write the “King City, Images of America” book that was published last year by Arcadia Publishing. 

Reservations are required by calling 831-647-8621. The event is free for Monterey History and Art Association members, and costs $10 for non-members at the door.

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