Monterey Street

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Monterey Street
Neighborhood Central Northside
Origin of name Battle of Monterrey

Monterey Street was laid out and named for a battle of the Mexican-American War by Alexander Hays, eponym of Hays Street, who was a veteran of that war.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

There were two engagements in the Mexican-American War with very similar names: the Battle of Monterey, July 7, 1846, in what is today Monterey, California, and the Battle of Monterrey, September 21–24, 1846, in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. The former was hardly a battle—the port of Monterey was seized with no opposition and no casualties.[9]:170–171 It is more likely that the street is named for the hard-fought and more significant Battle of Monterrey.[9]:81–105


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