Introduction to Hollister, California
Hollister, California, in San Benito county, is 18 miles NE of Salinas, California (center to center) and 43 miles SE of San Jose, California. It's known as an agricultural community. Hollister includes a large Hispanic population. The city has a blend of older and newer houses. Cool ocean air creates warm summer months and mild winters.
It's a renowned location for geologists due to being one of the primary examples of aseismic creep in the world. The Calaveras Fault runs through Hollister. The city claims to be the "Earthquake Capital of the World."
The Mutsun Ohlone Indians were the initial inhabitants. The area was originally part of Monterey County and was established by William Welles Hollister in 1868. It was originally known as the San Justo Homestead Association. The city began as a ranching and farming community. By 1874 Hollister was no longer a part of Monterey County. In 1989 the Loma Prieta earthquake, caused by the San Andreas Fault, produced extensive damage.
- The Hollister Independence Rally is a well known motorcycle event.
- Mission San Jaun Baptista.
- Bonfante Gardens.
- The San Juan Bautista Historic Park features old structures such as the Plaza Hall, the Plaza Hotel, a blacksmith shop, a jail and the Castro-Breen Adobe.
- The Casa De Fruta Hosts a notable Renaissance Faire.
The Pinnacles National Park and the Thousand Trail Campground are nearby and attract nature enthusiasts. The Hollister Hills Recreational Area is a popular off-road vehicle location and incldudes camping areas. The Fremont Peak State Park offers excellent views of the beautiful Monterey Bay from the peaks of the Gavilan Range. The woodlands in the park are home to a variety of birds and animals. Camping areas are available.
The scenic Pacheco State Park offers great views of the Central Valley and the Santa Clara Valley. Residents have easy access to the Pacific Coast beaches. Tourists enjoy visiting the local wineries.