Santa Cruz County History - Unusual & Curious


  • Birds "Invade" Santa Cruz, California, by Santa Cruz Sentinel and Wally Trabing
    "The film, "The Birds", was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and was based on the story ..."
  • Cowell Ghost, by Santa Cruz Sentinel
    "On May 14, 1903, Sarah Agnes Cowell, the youngest daughter of Henry Cowell, was killed ..."
  • The Mystery Spot, by Sharon Yamanaka
    "The Mystery Spot has been a local Santa Cruz tourist attraction since 1940. During it's ..."
  • Scotts Valley Area Curiosities, by Marion Dale Pokriots
    "When ocean waters receded many eons ago, some interesting features were left exposed in the ..."
  • The Tree Circus, by Sharon Yamanaka
    "The Tree Circus started as a tourist attraction in Scotts Valley in 1947. It featured ..."
  • Wax Reproduction of the Last Supper
    "The life size wax figures of Jesus and his disciples at the last supper were ..."

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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