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

Capitola’s Natural Riches

The Capitola Wharf

 
 
Capitola’s Natural Riches Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, February 17, 2013
1. Capitola’s Natural Riches Marker
Photo captions: Capitola Wharf, 1910 (top, center); Beachgoers in Capitola, 1903 (top, right); Hotel Capitola, 1929 (bottom, right).
Inscription.  The riches of river and sea have attracted people to this area for hundreds of years. The Soquel Ohlone Indians once hunted and gathered in nearby valleys and along the shore, Later Chinese and Italian fishermen harvested the bay’s fish and shellfish. In the late 1800s, visitors seeking relief from the valley heat were attracted to cooler weather and scenic coastal beauty. These days Capitola’s charm is enhanced by its intimate relationship with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Sanctuary’s heath is linked to human activity on land and waterways leading to the bay.

Keeping it Beautiful

Throughout Capitola’s history people have worked to keep the beach beautiful and open to the public. In the late 1800s Samuel Hall and Fredrick Hihn developed campgrounds and a resort where vacationers could stay in the stylish Capitola Hotel, or pitch a tent for free. Now, as part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the beach is protected for all to enjoy.

The Capitola Wharf

The wharf, built in 1857, has always been a favorite spot for fishing and enjoying the bay. Originally it was an
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important point for shipping lumber, leather, and other goods. Today the wharf offers intimate views of the Marine Sanctuary where fishing, boating and diving are allowed. Oil drilling, ocean dumping, and other activities that harm the Sanctuary’s health are prohibited.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
 
Location. 36° 58.321′ N, 121° 57.028′ W. Marker is in Capitola, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is at the intersection of Monterey Avenue and The Esplanade, on the right when traveling west on Monterey Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Monterey Avenue, 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. First Capitola City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Lawn Way Cottages (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp Capitola Superintendent’s Office (about 300 feet away); Venetian Court (approx. 0.2 miles away); China Beach (approx. 0.8 miles away); Charlotte (Charlie) Parkhurst (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Butterfield Stage stopped here. (approx. 1.2 miles away); Tower House (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitola.
 
Capitola’s Natural Riches Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, February 17, 2013
2. Capitola’s Natural Riches Marker
Capitola’s Wharf image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, February 17, 2013
3. Capitola’s Wharf
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 490 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 4, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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