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Capitola in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

China Beach

 
 
China Beach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, June 10, 2009
1. China Beach Marker
Inscription. During the 1870's and 1880's, a small village constructed of scrap lumber and driftwood was erected at the base of these cliffs. Known as China Beach, or China Cove, it was established by Chinese fishermen who set their nets by boat and then hauled their daily catch onto the beach by hand for drying and selling. By 1890, however, the expanding resort industry and waves of anti-Chinese sentiment had combined to force the last of the Chinese fishermen out of Santa Cruz County.
 
Erected 1984 by E Clampus Vitus - Monterey Viejo Chapter No. 1846.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 36° 58.723′ N, 121° 56.323′ W. Marker is in Capitola, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on New Brighton State Beach Parking Lot 0.4 miles south of McGregor Drive, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at the south end of beach access parking lot overlooking the beach. Marker is in this post office area: Capitola CA 95010, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Capitola Superintendentís Office (approx. 0.8 miles away); Capitolaís Natural Riches (approx.
China Beach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, June 10, 2009
2. China Beach Marker
View is southeasterly from the parking lot showing marker in foreground and New Brighton State Beach in background. New Brighton State Beach is located on the northern side of Monterey Bay a few miles east of Santa Cruz, CA.
0.8 miles away); Venetian Court (approx. one mile away); Charlotte (Charlie) Parkhurst (approx. 1.2 miles away); S.S. Palo Alto (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Butterfield Stage stopped here. (approx. 2 miles away); Hotel Bayview (approx. 2.1 miles away); Branciforte (approx. 4.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Capitola.
 
Also see . . .  Secret History. A detailed history of the area written by Sandy Lydon. Article also highlights E Clampus Vitus plaque dedication. (Submitted on June 12, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
China Beach Interpretive Sign image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, June 11, 2009
3. China Beach Interpretive Sign
This sign is located in the State Beach camping area on the bluff above the historical marker to the east.
China Beach Site image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, June 11, 2009
4. China Beach Site
Location of the now non-existant historic China Beach community. View is westerly, towards Santa Cruz, from the bluff in the State Beach camping area east of the historical marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. This page has been viewed 935 times since then and 115 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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