Did you know that the towns of Tres Pinos and Paicines actually switched places? How can that be?
It seems that when Southern Pacific Railroad put in a station in 1873, they used the name of Tres Pinos which was already the name of a community 5 miles south whom also wanted the railroad. The old town of Tres Pinos became Paicines, named after the Paicines Ranch on which it was located.
Today Tres Pinos is home to fine restaurants, thriving agricultural and ranching communities, and the San Benito County Fairgrounds. Beautiful Paicines is also home to ranchers and has a thriving agricultural community as well.
Pinnacles National Monument was established in 1908 by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. On January 10, 2013 Paicines became the eastern gateway to America’s newest National Park, Pinnacles National Park!
Both communities are absolutely beautiful places to live and visit. Check them out, you’ll want to explore time, and time again!