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When the former Yugoslavia bleeds, Watsonville aches. The war is far away, in a region smaller than the state of ... [Read more]

Capitola Hotel's Heyday, by Ross Eric Gibson
In only 25 years, Capitola went from an 1869 campground to home of one of the top seven coastal resort ... [Read more]

Few people on the central coast realize they are living on holy ground, in areas first settled as religious retreats. ... [Read more]

Women were granted the right to vote 75 years ago under the 19th amendment, but the fight for that right ... [Read more]

A girl in a formal dress runs across the lobby, then disappears into thin air. In an empty Mermaid Room, ... [Read more]

This eve of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, is a good time to recall the small but active group ... [Read more]

The hallowed grounds of Mount Hermon's Christian retreat have a colorful past. In 1841 the redwood preserve hosted California's first ... [Read more]

With studies under way to possibly reintroduce the convention industry to Santa Cruz, it might be well to recall its ... [Read more]

Santa Cruz Owes Site to Spud Rush, by Ross Eric Gibson
The clock tower marks the heart of Santa Cruz. But this is hardly an ideal place for a downtown, and ... [Read more]

In the 1890s, the castle-like Sea Beach Hotel was listed among the state's top seven coastal resorts, in a sprawling ... [Read more]

The ghosts of the 116-year-old Aptos Bayview Hotel have been good hosts, only said to move things around on occasion. ... [Read more]

The original St. George Hotel rose out of the ashes of an 1894 fire, then perished in a 1990 fire. ... [Read more]

Today the Miss California Pageant emphasizes its scholarship [Read more]

An overgrown, two-tiered fountain near the south entrance to Ben Lomond stands as a relic of the glory days of ... [Read more]

West Cliff -- Millionaires' Row, by Ross Eric Gibson
At the turn of the century, Santa Cruz was called the "Newport of the Pacific," because the row of mansions ... [Read more]

The Hall that Apples Built, by Ross Eric Gibson
At 2 1/2 million boxes of apples in 1909, the Pajaro Valley was producing and shipping more apples than any ... [Read more]

Santa Cruz was the birthplace of California's temperance movement. But beyond the whiskey-induced revelries of the county alcohol trade lies ... [Read more]

Before flood-control measures were taken by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1959, the San Lorenzo River was Santa Cruz's ... [Read more]

The early evolution of bridge construction in Santa Cruz shows a progression of problem-solving and building techniques. [Read more]

It's always a surprise to discover the Fair Avenue ruins of an old yoga temple whose minarets, entry arch and ... [Read more]

De Laveaga Park could be called the Golden Gate Park of Santa Cruz. Sitting on a forested hill to the ... [Read more]

In 1989 AND in 1906, the Santa Cruz town clock stopped shortly after 5 when the earthquakes hit. As the ... [Read more]

We are fortunate so far that the 1995 storms are nowhere near the disastrous floods of 1982, or the flood ... [Read more]

Many a heart was broken on Valentine's Day when the flagship Charles Ford & Co. store in Watsonville closed its ... [Read more]

Santa Cruz's towering redwoods helped attract the fledgling movie industry to town and served as the backdrop for some of ... [Read more]

Santa Cruz's Nickelodeon movie theater will celebrate its silver anniversary with a film marathon Friday and Saturday [November 1994] after ... [Read more]

The Santa Cruz Wharf, by Ross Eric Gibson
The 80-year-old Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf has been undergoing its first face lift in 30 years. The past few years ... [Read more]

The Pogonip, by Ross Eric Gibson
Today, as the city of Santa Cruz decides its fate, the famous Pogonip Clubhouse stands vacant on a panoramic site ... [Read more]

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In 1894, fire gutted the heart of downtown Santa Cruz north and south of Cooper Street. City fathers decided to ... [Read more]

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A girl in a formal dress runs across the lobby, then disappears into thin air. In an empty Mermaid Room, voices and music are softly heard. Hidden rooms and secret passages are mysterious vestiges of Brookdale Lodge's rich past.

Brookdale, two miles south of Boulder Creek, opened in 1900 ..." [More]

Excerpted from Historical Memories Haunt Brookdale by Ross Eric Gibson