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The Roads of Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
A road network usually evolved as a means of opening up an area to residential, agricultural, and industrial development, and ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
Two known limekiln sites in the area have been referred to as "the Bonny Doon kilns." One (the subject of ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
Thomas Bull (sometimes shown as Bohl) bought 450 acres in 1865 and began producing lime in 1866. The following year ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
The purpose of this informal group is to study, understand, and teach the history of the lime industry in the ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
The Laguna limekilns and quarries are located in Santa Cruz County, in the Santa Cruz mountains, in Bonny Doon, California, ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
The Laguna limekilns are two, open top, side-by-side, top loading pot kilns that were built into the hillside such that ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
Some brick pieces can be found in the remaining lining of both kilns, and in the rubble around the kilns. ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
On the east side of Laguna Creek, downstream of Ice Cream Grade, are two side-by-side hillside pot kilns. Their floor ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
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The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
It comes naturally in many forms. It comes in shades of white, yellow, green, brown, red, grey, and blue. It ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
Since ancient times, limestone has been burned (calcined) in open pits or piles with the fuel mixed or layered with ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
The presence or absence of firebricks at an industrial site, and the names found on these bricks, is revealing. [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
Named or branded bricks as seen, photographed, and/or collected in Santa Cruz, California from 1975 to 1996. List revised 17 ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
wedge-shaped brick used in building an arch. Usually an arch brick is wedged such that it appears truncated when viewing ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
In California, lime production techniques arrived from at least three directions: from the north by the Russians, from the south ... [Read more]

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"Maria" was a tough little Irish lass who worked the saloons of Santa Cruz during the wild years of the 1870s. Her colorful lifestyle made her one of the most successful practitioners of the world's oldest profession to ever ply their trade in the county.

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Excerpted from A Walk Through Time: Mary "Maria" McDermott by Janet Krassow and Randy Krassow