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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]

Blessed with a picturesque mountain setting, abundant natural resources, and an equitable climate, the San Lorenzo Watershed has long attracted ... [Read more]

The enormous stands of virgin timber found in what would become Santa Cruz County attracted entrepreneurs to the area as ... [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]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
Two known limekiln sites in the area have been referred to as "the Bonny Doon kilns." One (the subject of ... [Read more]

Cement is the most important single structural material in the mineral output of California. As a cement producer, the state ... [Read more]

Up to the present time the clay deposits in Santa Cruz County have been only superficially studied. Common clays, suitable ... [Read more]

Several small veins of lignite coal have been found in Santa Cruz County. Prospecting for coal north of Watsonville was ... [Read more]

Gold occurs in Santa Cruz County in auriferous black sand deposits, in placer deposits in a number of creeks and ... [Read more]

Auriferous beach sands are found for miles along the coast of Santa Cruz County, and spasmodic attempts have been repeatedly ... [Read more]

Granite has been quarried from Ben Lomond Mountain in the past. The rock, which is classified as quartz diorite, is ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
Thomas Bull (sometimes shown as Bohl) bought 450 acres in 1865 and began producing lime in 1866. The following year ... [Read more]

This company utilizes the black sand (magnetite) accumulated on the ocean beach, for producing sponge iron, alloy steel and briquetted ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
The purpose of this informal group is to study, understand, and teach the history of the lime industry in the ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
The Laguna limekilns and quarries are located in Santa Cruz County, in the Santa Cruz mountains, in Bonny Doon, California, ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
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Lime, by Henry G. Hubbard
The burning of lime was one of the earliest industries established in Santa Cruz County, the first kiln having been ... [Read more]

The burning of lime is one of the earliest industries established in Santa Cruz County, the first lime kiln having ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
It comes naturally in many forms. It comes in shades of white, yellow, green, brown, red, grey, and blue. It ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
The presence or absence of firebricks at an industrial site, and the names found on these bricks, is revealing. [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
Named or branded bricks as seen, photographed, and/or collected in Santa Cruz, California from 1975 to 1996. List revised 17 ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
In California, lime production techniques arrived from at least three directions: from the north by the Russians, from the south ... [Read more]

Limestone, by Henry G. Hubbard
This company was organized in 1922 and took over the old Caplatzi quarry which had been operated on a small ... [Read more]

This property, formerly known as the Thurber Quarry, contains 23 acres, situated two miles northwest of Santa Cruz, adjacent to ... [Read more]

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

Although several small mineral springs occur singly and in groups within Santa Cruz County, no mineral water is bottled or ... [Read more]

During the past year moulding sand has been added to the list of commercial minerals produced in Santa Cruz County. [Read more]

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

Except at the plant of the Pacific Limestone Co., where a small tonnage of a siliceous dike rock is sorted ... [Read more]

Except at the plant of the Pacific Limestone Products Company [more information in the article on limestone] where a small ... [Read more]

The California Powder Works, situated on the San Lorenzo River two and a half miles north of the city of ... [Read more]

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The life size wax figures of Jesus and his disciples at the last supper were created by Harry Lisbon, plaster artist, and a team of wax artists from Los Angeles. The figures were created in a converted barn in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and were completed in 1950 after five ..." [More]

Excerpted from Wax Reproduction of the Last Supper