Santa Cruz County History - Unusual & Curious


  • Birds "Invade" Santa Cruz, California, by Santa Cruz Sentinel and Wally Trabing
    "The film, "The Birds", was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and was based on the story ..."
  • Cowell Ghost, by Santa Cruz Sentinel
    "On May 14, 1903, Sarah Agnes Cowell, the youngest daughter of Henry Cowell, was killed ..."
  • The Mystery Spot, by Sharon Yamanaka
    "The Mystery Spot has been a local Santa Cruz tourist attraction since 1940. During it's ..."
  • Scotts Valley Area Curiosities, by Marion Dale Pokriots
    "When ocean waters receded many eons ago, some interesting features were left exposed in the ..."
  • The Tree Circus, by Sharon Yamanaka
    "The Tree Circus started as a tourist attraction in Scotts Valley in 1947. It featured ..."
  • Wax Reproduction of the Last Supper
    "The life size wax figures of Jesus and his disciples at the last supper were ..."

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The making of beet sugar is preeminently the industry of Watsonville. Some years ago Claus Spreckels, the famous Sugar King, had his attention attracted to the peculiar adaptability of the rich alluvial soil of the Pajaro Valley to the cultivation of the sugar beet. The Sugar King is a man ..." [More]

Excerpted from The Western Beet Sugar Company