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"Rio Del Mar" (River to the Sea) was coined as a rhythmic, catchy place-name in the late 1920's to sell ... [Read more]

The ranch lands Claus Spreckels purchased in 1872 for about $8l,000 comprised almost all of today's Rio Del Mar (ca. ... [Read more]

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The clock tower marks the heart of Santa Cruz. But this is hardly an ideal place for a downtown, and came into existence by accident.

The Spanish can't be blamed for its location. These "Flats" were such an inhospitable flood plain that the Spanish never built there after ..." [More]

Excerpted from Santa Cruz Owes Site to Spud Rush by Ross Eric Gibson