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Salinas (population 150,000) is in California, 20 minutes inland from Monterey Bay in a region known as the Central Coast. Salinas was the home of writer and Nobel Prize laureate John Steinbeck. It claims to be the "Salad Bowl of the World."

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  1. Salinas is known as the “Salad Bowl of the World”.
  2. Salinas is the hometown of writer and Nobel Prize in Literature laureate John Steinbeck, who based several of his novels on Salinas, including Of Mice and Men.
  3. Over 30% of the world's lettuce is grown in the Salinas Valley.
  4. The land currently occupied by the city of Salinas is thought to have been settled by Native Americans known as the Esselen prior to 200 AD.
  5. Jodi Arias, the convicted murderer of Travis Alexander, was born in Salinas.

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