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Santa Cruz County, like California, underwent a massive transformation in the mid-19th century as the Mexican government turned over control ... [Read more]

One died a well-respected Hall of Famer. The other died alone and full of regret. Both were major league baseball ... [Read more]

Before national league franchises, big-screen television, or $1 million commercials, there was hometown hardball. And, for thirty years, baseball was ... [Read more]

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Santa Cruz's towering redwoods helped attract the fledgling movie industry to town and served as the backdrop for some of the first westerns to portray cowboys as good-hearted, chivalrous pioneers.

Movies were only a penny arcade novelty in April 1896 when Thomas Edison debuted his projected "filmstrip" motion pictures ..." [More]

Excerpted from Hollywood Came to Santa Cruz: Huge Redwoods Seen as Western Backdrops by Ross Eric Gibson