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Situated between the Town of Los Gatos and the City of Santa Cruz, in the central coast counties of California, ... [Read more]

Journey to San Francisco, by Eliza W. Farnham
We had been but little more than a month settled before it became necessary for me to go to San ... [Read more]

Skyland and Highland, by John V. Young
An attempt to find a name signifying a place higher than high accounts for the present name of Skyland, an ... [Read more]

Stagecoach Days in the Mountains, by Stephen Michael Payne
The roads over the Santa Cruz Mountains served not only the settlers and loggers living and working on the summit, ... [Read more]

Stagecoach Days in the Mountains, by Stephen Michael Payne
George Lewis Colegrove was born in the Dundee area of McHenry County, Illinois, on March 29, 1843. When he was ... [Read more]

Josephine Clifford McCrackin, by Stephen Michael Payne
In October and November 1880 a writer, Josephine Wompner Clifford, purchased a total of twenty-six acres for $504 from Lyman ... [Read more]

Mountain Charley, by John V. Young
Most colorful of Santa Cruz Mountain characters of the pioneer days was Mountain Charley McKiernan, one of the first white ... [Read more]

The Laguna Limekilns: Bonny Doon, by Robert W. Piwarzyk
The Laguna limekilns and quarries are located in Santa Cruz County, in the Santa Cruz mountains, in Bonny Doon, California, ... [Read more]

Felling the Giants, by Stephen Michael Payne
The first redwood tree (Sequoia Sempervirens) seen by a white man was on the Corrallitos Creek, in what is now ... [Read more]

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The stage for Santa Cruz, on Thursday last, containing eight or nine passengers, upset about a mile beyond Mountain Charley's, ... [Read more]

The devotion of the Summit settlers to their children's education was evidenced by the number of school districts formed over ... [Read more]

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Joseph "Joe" Smallwood was an African-American pioneer of Santa Cruz County, who was instrumental in leading the civil rights movement in the days before the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation.

Smallwood, a barber by trade, was born in Maryland on June 11, 1814 to parents who were ex-slaves, having been ..." [More]

Excerpted from A Walk Through Time: Joseph Smallwood by Janet Krassow and Randy Krassow