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In 1894, fire gutted the heart of downtown Santa Cruz north and south of Cooper Street. City fathers decided to rebuild the civic center in Renaissance styles. And billing the new Santa Cruz the "Florence of the West," they jumped at an idea proposed and sponsored by James Philip Smith, ..." [More]

Excerpted from Water Carnival was Social Event of the Season in 1890s by Ross Eric Gibson