Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour: Buffalo Soldiers
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On Saturday, July 16, 10am-12pm, Monterey Bay historian and author Tim Thomas will offer a Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour with a focus on the Buffalo Soldiers. Tours meet in front of the Presidio of Monterey Museum.
In 1901, the post was reopened by the Army as a cavalry and artillery garrison, and among its first units was the legendary 9th Cavalry, the “Buffalo Soldiers,” who were African-Americans. A little-known contribution of the Buffalo Soldiers involved eight troops who served in California's Sierra Nevada as some of the first national park rangers.
Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at 831-521-3304. The tour is for ages 10 through adult only and the cost is $20 for adults and $15 for ages 10-15. Group rates are also available.
Tim Thomas, a fourth-generation native of the Monterey area, is a popular speaker and lively tour guide. For 16 years, he was historian and curator for the Monterey Maritime & History Museum and has worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California State Parks, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. He is author of The Abalone King of Monterey: 'Pop' Ernest Doelter, The Japanese on the Monterey Peninsula, and co-author of Monterey's Waterfront.