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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 demoralized Dave Boffman moved back to town and went to work as a day laborer. He was employed for a time by Elihu Anthony, a local merchant. Anthony, also a Methodist minister, befriended him and was to keep an eye on Boffman's interests so that he would ..." [More]

Excerpted from Uncle Dave's Story: The Life of Ex-Slave Dave Boffman by Phil Reader