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- 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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The ranch lands Claus Spreckels purchased in 1872 for about $81,000 comprised almost all of today's Rio Del Mar (ca. 1,150- acres), all of today's Seascape (ca. 500 acres), and nearly 1,000 acres north of today's Highway 1, extending up Aptos Creek, Cathedral Drive, Trout Gulch and Valencia Creeks.
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Excerpted from The Spreckels Era in Rio Del Mar, 1872--1922 by Allen Collins