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"The wages of sin. Perhaps in old England a mother awaits in vain the coming of an errant daughter. Perhaps ... [Read more]

THE JUSTICE: "The officer informs me that you are beyond your husband's control. Is that true?" [Read more]

Practitioners of the world's oldest profession have always been found on the streets of Santa Cruz County. Neither the denizens ... [Read more]

Perhaps the best known brothel in the city of Santa Cruz was that which was operated by Emma Cooper and ... [Read more]

"Maria" was a tough little Irish lass who worked the saloons of Santa Cruz for a dozen years. Her free ... [Read more]

The town of Watsonville sits nestled in a beautiful pastoral valley alongside the meandering Pajaro River in southern Santa Cruz ... [Read more]

It has been said that Whiskey Hill is the spot where the residents of the Pajaro Valley went to quench ... [Read more]

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Fred Swanton's boardwalk dates from 1904, but few know that he created his boardwalk on top of another, which makes it the oldest boardwalk in the West. Had it not been for a war and a divorce, the beachfront resort facilities might not have developed as early as they did.

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Excerpted from A First in Hot Bathing -- How a War and a Divorce Figured in the Birth of the Boardwalk in 1868 by Ross Eric Gibson