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Santa Cruz County History - Crime & Public Safety
- Anthony Azoff and the Murder of Detective Len Harris, by Phil Reader
"Being an account of the attempted robbery of the Wells-Fargo Express Office in Boulder Creek, ..."
- A Brief History of the Pajaro Property Protective Society: Vigilantism in the Pajaro Valley During 19th Century, by Phil Reader
""No arrests: for nobody cares." "Horse Stealing - Hardly a night passes in Pajaro that ..."
- Bus Hijacking
"On August 17, 1977, Thomas Benton Wilson was arrested for hijacking a public bus in ..."
- "Charole"--The Life of Branciforte Bandido Faustino Lorenzana, by Phil Reader
"In 1885 a reporter for the Santa Cruz Sentinel asked ex-sheriff Charlie Lincoln who was ..."
- Copperheads, Secesh Men, and Confederate Guerillas: Pro-Confederate Activities in Santa Cruz County during the Civil War, by Phil Reader
"The secessionist movement and the civil war that followed divided not only the United states, ..."
- G. Brett Lytle, Professor of Languages, by Phil Reader
"The comic opera bandit, Dick Fellows, holds a special place in the literature of California ..."
- Hanging on the Water Street Bridge: A Santa Cruz Lynching, by Geoffrey Dunn
"By the time the sun rose on the morning of May 3, 1877, the two ..."
- Harlots and Whorehouses: Fallen Angels of Front Street, Part 1, by Phil Reader
"Practitioners of the world's oldest profession have always been found on the streets of Santa ..."
- Harlots and Whorehouses: Lust in the Valley of El Pajaro, Part 1, by Phil Reader
"The town of Watsonville sits nestled in a beautiful pastoral valley alongside the meandering Pajaro ..."
- History of Santa Cruz County Jails, by Craig R. Wilson
"The first reference to a jail in Santa Cruz was on Mission Hill where Emmett ..."
- Huey Newton Arrested in Santa Cruz County
"Famed Black Panther leader Huey Newton was arrested in Santa Cruz County on May 11, ..."
- More Than 100 Years of Service: A Brief History of the Santa Cruz Fire Department, by Jerry Ochoa
"In the city of Santa Cruz (California) of the 1850's, the downtown started seeing a ..."
- The Pilot Hose Company (1896)
"This organization has for fifteen years been a notable institution of Santa Cruz, and for ..."
- The Remarkable Good Order of Santa Cruz
"There is an impression abroad in the East--a hazy, vague impression, it is true, but ..."
- Santa Cruz City Chiefs of Police (List)
- Santa Cruz County Sheriffs (List)
- Serial Murders in Santa Cruz County, by Sharon Yamanaka
"In 1973,with the discovery of four bodies in Henry Cowell State Park, then District Attorney ..."
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Castro Family Was Among Few to Retain Land Grants When Yankees Took Over California
Santa Cruz County, like California, underwent a massive transformation in the mid-19th century as the Mexican government turned over control of the territory to the United States. Within a few decades, California communities, like Santa Cruz, ..." [More]
Excerpted from Rafael Castro's Rancho Aptos was Oldest Land Grant to Remain Under Mexican Ownership by Jim Johnson