Located three miles south of Salinas, the town of Spreckels was established in 1899 by Claus Spreckels to house workers for his Spreckels Sugar Factory. Rich agricultural land serves as Spreckels' four boundaries and many community members work in ag-related businesses. The town of Spreckels was immortalized in John Steinbeck's novel Tortilla Flats and used in 1955 in the filming of East of Eden.
Spreckels Union School District (SUSD) remained a one-school district until the opening of Buena Vista Middle School in 1996. Currently, SUSD is made up of two schools, Spreckels Elementary (K-5) and Buena Vista Middle School (6-8). SUSD serves the children from the communities of Spreckels, Las Palmas, the Highway 68 Corridor, Indian Springs, Pine Canyon, Creekside, Serra Village and Toro Sunshine.