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Aptos History: A Look Back at Centuries of Mid-County History [Read more]

"Rio Del Mar" (River to the Sea) was coined as a rhythmic, catchy place-name in the late 1920's to sell ... [Read more]

Santa Cruz County, like California, underwent a massive transformation in the mid-19th century as the Mexican government turned over control ... [Read more]

The ghosts of the 116-year-old Aptos Bayview Hotel have been good hosts, only said to move things around on occasion. ... [Read more]

The ranch lands Claus Spreckels purchased in 1872 for about $8l,000 comprised almost all of today's Rio Del Mar (ca. ... [Read more]

Many Aptos residents believe that “Helen’s” (Wikkerink) library, which began in 1944, was the first library in the area. It ... [Read more]

Back in the days when the roads leading into town were dirt and narrow, a series of piers lined the ... [Read more]

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The Owners, part 1

Widows, sea captains, relatives, music, jilted wives, and long-tenure describe the famous owners of the Carmelita Cottages. The property is located at 315-321 Main Street in the City of Santa Cruz near the famous Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. The two front houses, constructed circa 1872, ..." [More]

Excerpted from Early History of the Carmelita Cottages: The Owners, Part 1 by Rick Hyman