“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Boulder Creek in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Swamp House

The Swamp House Marker image. Click for full size.
By El Viceroy Marques de Branciforte Chapter 1797-ECV
1. The Swamp House Marker
Inscription. Locally known as "The Swamp House," from 1892 to 1920, this brothel occupied what is now the empty lot behind the Odd Fellow Hall. The high water table created a murky slough in front of this den of intiquity, and to approach the house, patrons had to cross the swamp on a rickety raised-plank board walk. As a result The Swamp House was probably the only whorehouse in the valley untroubled by rowdy drunks. "Hell," the loggers agreed, "you have to be plumb sober just to make it to the front door."
Erected 2013 by The San Lorenzo Valley History Museum The International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 152 El Viceroy Marques de Branciforte Chapter 1797 E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 7.439′ N, 122° 7.352′ W. Marker is in Boulder Creek, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is at the intersection of Forest Street and Pine Street, on the right when traveling west on Forest Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boulder Creek CA 95006, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grace Episcopal Church Building (approx. half a mile away); Historic Lime Kilns (approx. 4.8 miles away); The Cremer House (approx. 5.7 miles away); Felton Covered Bridge (approx. 5.8 miles away); The First State Park (approx. 6.3 miles away); Big Creek Light and Power Company (approx. 6.4 miles away); Swanton (approx. 7.1 miles away); Swanton Pacific Ranch (approx. 7.2 miles away).
Regarding The Swamp House. Marker is located on the lot behind the Odd Fellow Building.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 37 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 3, 2017. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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