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Communities in the valley include Aromas, Corralitos, Freedom, La Selva Beach, Las Lomas, Pajaro, Pajaro Dunes, Royal Oaks, Salsipuedes, and Watsonville. Moss Landing is on the edge of the Valley, and is sometimes included as part of the Valley.


In the 1700's explores saw a straw-stuffed bird at the river mouth and named the river, Rio Del Pájaro which means "River of the Bird." Pajaro was later applied to the Valley and then to the town of Pajaro. Pajaro Valley runs from the Coast Range to the Monterey Bay.


The trains carry cargo. No regular passenger service since 1962.


USGS topigraphic map information:

Sequence Latitude(DEC) Longitude(DEC) Latitude(DMS) Longitude(DMS) Map Name
1 36.8499546 -121.8096744 365100N 1214835W Moss Landing
2 36.8749540 -121.7993963 365230N 1214758W Watsonville West
3 36.9060639 -121.6335562 365422N 1213801W Watsonville East

Google view of Pajaro Valley:

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