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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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In order to appreciate the business climate in which this fortune was begun and expanded, it is necessary to understand the economic and demographic impact the Gold Rush had on the development of San Francisco and the whole of central California.

As John S. Hittel wrote in 1882:

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Excerpted from The Gold Rush and the Early Years (1850-1865) by Laurie MacDougall