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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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In 1894, fire gutted the heart of downtown Santa Cruz north and south of Cooper Street. City fathers decided to rebuild the civic center in Renaissance styles. And billing the new Santa Cruz the "Florence of the West," they jumped at an idea proposed and sponsored by James Philip Smith, ..." [More]

Excerpted from Water Carnival was Social Event of the Season in 1890s by Ross Eric Gibson