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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]

As discussed in an earlier section, the Santa Cruz Mission and its satellite properties (including the Mission gardens, orchard and ... [Read more]

Chinatown -- Although no traces remain, there is curiosity among many Santa Cruz residents about the location of the city's ... [Read more]

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"Stories of the World's Oldest Profession in 19th Century Santa Cruz County"


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

Agriculture has always been the major industry of the area, but during ..." [More]

Excerpted from Harlots and Whorehouses: Lust in the Valley of El Pajaro, Part 1 by Phil Reader