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Santa Cruz County History - Tourism
For more information on the tourist industry, see the section Making a Living.
- Capitola Hotel's Heyday, by Ross Eric Gibson
"In only 25 years, Capitola went from an 1869 campground to home of one of ..."
- Historical Memories Haunt Brookdale, by Ross Eric Gibson
"A girl in a formal dress runs across the lobby, then disappears into thin air. ..."
- Mountain Paradise, Mount Hermon has Bohemian Roots, by Ross Eric Gibson
"The hallowed grounds of Mount Hermon's Christian retreat have a colorful past. In 1841 the ..."
- Resorts in the Summit Road Area, 1850-1906, by Stephen Michael Payne
"Hotel de Redwood, the first hotel in the Summit area of the Santa Cruz Mountains, ..."
- Santa Cruz has a Long History of Convention Business, by Ross Eric Gibson
"With studies under way to possibly reintroduce the convention industry to Santa Cruz, it might ..."
- Sea Beach Hotel and Its Gardens were Equal Landmarks, by Ross Eric Gibson
"In the 1890s, the castle-like Sea Beach Hotel was listed among the state's top seven ..."
- The Spirit of Aptos: 116-Year-Old Hotel to Become Landmark, by Ross Eric Gibson
"The ghosts of the 116-year-old Aptos Bayview Hotel have been good hosts, only said to ..."
- The St. George was a Center of Culture and Art, by Ross Eric Gibson
"The original St. George Hotel rose out of the ashes of an 1894 fire, then ..."
- Vanished Resort's Glory Days Recalled, by Ross Eric Gibson
"An overgrown, two-tiered fountain near the south entrance to Ben Lomond stands as a relic ..."
- A First in Hot Bathing -- How a War and a Divorce Figured in the Birth of the Boardwalk in 1868, by Ross Eric Gibson
- Photographs of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Area: The 1904 Casino and Boardwalk
"Fred W. Swanton grew up in Santa Cruz and attended Heald's Business College in San ..."
- Photographs of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Area: The New Casino
"By October of 1906, Fred Swanton began construction of a new casino designed by local ..."
- Photographs of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Area: Visitor Accommodations
"Tent City was located on Beach Street, opposite the Casino. It provided less expensive accommodations ..."
- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: Survival of the Funnest, by Andrew Schiffrin
"Pacific Ocean Park in Santa Monica, Nu-Pike in Long Beach, Playland in San Francisco, Belmont ..."
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Years before the gold rush of 1849 brought about the transformation of California, several American adventurers had recognized the potential for development of Santa Cruz County's abundant natural resources. Known to the Mexican authorities as "foreigners," these men established the first industries in what was to become Santa Cruz County...." [More]
Excerpted from Overview by Susan Lehmann