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Most discussions about Santa Cruz County's North Coast emphasize the scenic natural beauty of the coastline, and indeed some aspects ... [Read more]

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Since the 1860s, geologists had been confidently predicting that there was oil on the North Coast. The early years were ... [Read more]

he deposits of asphaltic and bituminous rock in Santa Cruz County have long been known and utilized. The material is ... [Read more]

There are extensive stretches along the coast of California where the heavier constituents of the beach sands have been concentrated ... [Read more]

In an effort to develop the industrial future of Santa Cruz, and recogniz[ing] the importance of building our industries from ... [Read more]

There has been no commercial production of petroleum in Santa Cruz County, although small seepages of crude oil have been ... [Read more]

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Castro Family Was Among Few to Retain Land Grants When Yankees Took Over California

Santa Cruz County, like California, underwent a massive transformation in the mid-19th century as the Mexican government turned over control of the territory to the United States. Within a few decades, California communities, like Santa Cruz, ..." [More]

Excerpted from Rafael Castro's Rancho Aptos was Oldest Land Grant to Remain Under Mexican Ownership by Jim Johnson