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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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The ranch lands Claus Spreckels purchased in 1872 for about $81,000 comprised almost all of today's Rio Del Mar (ca. 1,150- acres), all of today's Seascape (ca. 500 acres), and nearly 1,000 acres north of today's Highway 1, extending up Aptos Creek, Cathedral Drive, Trout Gulch and Valencia Creeks.

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Excerpted from The Spreckels Era in Rio Del Mar, 1872--1922 by Allen Collins