Senator Cannella Celebrates King City Centennial

Thursday, February 10, 2011

State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today joined King City Mayor Robert Cullen and other local elected officials at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds to celebrate the 100th anniversary of King City’s incorporation.

“King City was founded by people who had the courage and resolve to look beyond the present obstacles and see great potential,”” said Cannella. “It will be through wisdom from its leaders and tenacity from its residents that King City will continue to grow and thrive for the next century and beyond.”

The area now known as King City was originally part of the San Lorenzo Rancho Spanish Land Grant. In 1884, Charles King purchased 13,000 acres of the Grant and quickly became a successful wheat farmer, despite the doubts of his neighbors. Following several years of growth, stimulated in part by the Southern Pacific Railroad’s expansion to King Ranch, King City was incorporated in 1911 with Al Carlson as the city’s first mayor.