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See AlsoFor more information see "Institutions in Santa Cruz County" -- 1850-1950 under "Santa Cruz County History - Architecture" and "Mintie White, teacher" under "Santa Cruz County History - People"

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Santa Cruz's towering redwoods helped attract the fledgling movie industry to town and served as the backdrop for some of the first westerns to portray cowboys as good-hearted, chivalrous pioneers.

Movies were only a penny arcade novelty in April 1896 when Thomas Edison debuted his projected "filmstrip" motion pictures ..." [More]

Excerpted from Hollywood Came to Santa Cruz: Huge Redwoods Seen as Western Backdrops by Ross Eric Gibson