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Santa Cruz was the birthplace of California's temperance movement. But beyond the whiskey-induced revelries of the county alcohol trade lies ... [Read more]

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"Maria" was a tough little Irish lass who worked the saloons of Santa Cruz during the wild years of the 1870s. Her colorful lifestyle made her one of the most successful practitioners of the world's oldest profession to ever ply their trade in the county.

Her real name was Mary ..." [More]

Excerpted from A Walk Through Time: Mary "Maria" McDermott by Janet Krassow and Randy Krassow