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

Historic Lawn Way Cottages

 
 
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By Alvis Hendley, December 10, 2018
1. Historic Lawn Way Cottages Marker
Inscription.  The early land surrounding Capitola first saw sea side lagoons and meadows of colorful wild flowers, eucalyptus trees and butterflies with Ohlone Indians fishing in Soquel Creek to glowing barely fields and a potato warehouse in 1850.

The Historic Lawn Way Cottages were established and dedicated on July 29, 1911. It is believed Lawn Way was the first site of the holiday tents that formed the beginning of Camp Capitola on July 4, 1874 by Samuel Hall, the founder of Capitola.

The cottages were built using first generation pure-heart redwood trees from the vast forest in Santa Cruz Mountains. The wood may have come from the Laurel Lumber Mills owned by the legendary Fredrick Augustus Hiln, who began the development of Capitola in 1882 and was the original builder of the Lawn Way Cottages and the large attached beach houses on the Esplanade called the Six Sisters.

The once popular palm and olive tree lane called Lawn Way adorned with cobblestone walkways with two tall, brass gas lanterns at either end, served as a centerpiece for the entrance to Hiln's 160 room Grand Hotel Capitola, in the 1920's, directly to the East.

These enduring

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By Alvis Hendley, December 10, 2018
2. Historic Lawn Way Cottages Marker
cottages have survived floods, ocean storms and have seen holidays and picnics with elegantly clad couples strolling along Lawn Way and through the village, horse drawn carriages and buggies to the era of electric trolleys in 1904 and motor cars, up to modern times and the complete renovation by the Calvert Family in 2002.

The Historic Lawn Way Cottages stand as a reminder of our yesterdays with many cool, foggy mornings, warm spring days, and balmy summer nights of serenity and beauty in this wonderful place we love... Capitola.

Centennial Anniversary 1911-2011

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Erected 2011.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 36° 58.354′ N, 121° 57.067′ W. Marker is in Capitola, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Lawn Way, on the right when traveling west. Lawn Way is for pedestrians only. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 114 and 116 Lawn Way, Capitola CA 95010, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Capitola Superintendent’s Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Capitola’s Natural Riches

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By Alvis Hendley, December 10, 2018
3. Cottage at 131 Lawn Way
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Venetian Court (approx. 0.2 miles away); China Beach (approx. 0.8 miles away); Charlotte (Charlie) Parkhurst (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Butterfield Stage stopped here. (approx. 1.2 miles away); S.S. Palo Alto (approx. 2.1 miles away); Seacliff SS Palo Alto 100 years (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitola.
 
Lawn Way Cottages image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, August 24, 2005
4. Lawn Way Cottages
Six Sisters image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, December 10, 2018
5. Six Sisters
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2020, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 27, 2020, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
 
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Jan. 23, 2021