Santa Cruz County History - Places



Photo Gallery of Pacific Avenue: Photographs and post cards from the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' collection.

 

Photo of Pacific Avenue and Front Street
Photo of Pacific Avenue and Front Street

1860

This photo shows the junction of Pacific Avenue and Front Street around 1866. At that time Pacific Avenue was called Willow Street. Front Street was known as Main Street and dead-ended.

 

 

Photo of Pacific Avenue and Front Street
Photo of Pacific Avenue and Front Street
Circa. 1882--1892

Here is a later photograph of junction of Pacific Avenue and Front Street. It is probably between 1882 and 1892. Notice the horsecar tracks running down Pacific Avenue.

 

 

Photo of a parade on Pacific Avenue
Photo of a parade on Pacific Avenue

1880s

A parade down Pacific Avenue in the 1880's. The street that you can see intersecting on the right is Soquel Avenue.

 

 

Photo of the aftermath of the 1894 fire
Photo of the aftermath of the 1894 fire

1894

This is how Pacific Avenue looked after the fire of April 14, 1894. A large section of buildings between Pacific and Front Streets were leveled.

 

Photo looking up Pacific Avenue
Photo looking up Pacific Avenue

 

 

Circa 1916

Up the street, on the right, is the I.O.O.F building. At the top of the building is the town clock which now stands at Water Street and North Pacific Avenue.

 

Photo of a truck on Pacific Avenue
Photo of a truck on Pacific Avenue

 

1920s

Notice the truck in middle of the street. That odd-looking object on the back is a large model of a toaster. The truck is advertising it by hauling it around town.

 

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