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Being an account of the attempted robbery of the Wells-Fargo Express Office in Boulder Creek, and the subsequent killing of ... [Read more]

In 1885 a reporter for the Santa Cruz Sentinel asked ex-sheriff Charlie Lincoln who was the most notorious character that ... [Read more]

"Charole"-- Part 2, by Phil Reader
When the grand jury convened in early February, 1860, an indictment for assault with a deadly weapon was found against ... [Read more]

"Charole"-- Part 3, by Phil Reader
Word of the killing spread quickly through Santa Cruz and before long there was a large posse in the saddle ... [Read more]

"Charole"-- Part 4, by Phil Reader
The action of the vigilantes may have put an end to Pedro Lorenzana's life, but it also effectively ended the ... [Read more]

Copperheads--Part 2, by Phil Reader
During the year of 1864, the mountains above the village of Corralitos were a hotbed of pro-secessionist activity. Two separate ... [Read more]

By the time the sun rose on the morning of May 3, 1877, the two bodies dangling from the Water ... [Read more]

In 1973,with the discovery of four bodies in Henry Cowell State Park, then District Attorney Peter Chang mumbled a comment ... [Read more]

The Golden Gate Villa, by Susan Dormanen
From any portion of the city can be seen a magnificent villa whose turrets and towers soar above their surroundings. [Read more]

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Fred Swanton's boardwalk dates from 1904, but few know that he created his boardwalk on top of another, which makes it the oldest boardwalk in the West. Had it not been for a war and a divorce, the beachfront resort facilities might not have developed as early as they did.

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Excerpted from A First in Hot Bathing -- How a War and a Divorce Figured in the Birth of the Boardwalk in 1868 by Ross Eric Gibson