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In the summer of 1856 Davis & Jordon opened their horse powered railroad to haul lime from the Rancho Canada ... [Read more]

Once good rail service had been established into and out of Santa Cruz County the resources therein were accessible for ... [Read more]

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

Meanwhile, as the Ocean Shore was building its railroad to the San Vicente, the cement plant was rising on the ... [Read more]

In the Library's collection of historical pamphlets is an Advertisement from the Southern Pacific railroad company. [Read more]

The ranch lands Claus Spreckels purchased in 1872 for about $8l,000 comprised almost all of today's Rio Del Mar (ca. ... [Read more]

As the Pajaro Valley Fruit Exchange is, like a single American coin, but "one of many" of the institutions engaged ... [Read more]

Like so many isolated communities of the west, the City of Santa Cruz owes much of its early economic development, ... [Read more]

The Santa Cruz Wharf, by Ross Eric Gibson
The 80-year-old Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf has been undergoing its first face lift in 30 years. The past few years ... [Read more]

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There are but a few Chinese in Santa Cruz,
because our people hate them, dread them, despise them.
-Duncan McPherson, 1882

Part 1

It is the summer of 1885 and three young children are peering into a barbershop on Front Street a few steps from where ..." [More]

Excerpted from Climbing Golden Mountain by Geoffrey Dunn