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

Capitola’s Natural Riches

The Capitola Wharf

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, February 17, 2013
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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 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,
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By Barry Swackhamer, February 17, 2013
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and other activities that harm the Sanctuary’s health are prohibited.
 
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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Capitola Superintendent’s Office (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. 1.2 miles away); The Butterfield Stage stopped here. (approx. 1.2 miles away); S.S. Palo Alto (approx. 2 miles away); Hotel Bayview (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Branciforte Adobe (approx. 3.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitola.
 
Also see . . .  Capitola Wharf. Supposedly the oldest seaside resort along the Pacific coast, Capitola, since 1869, has been a destination for inlanders headed to the coast. The area today is one of restaurants, stylish tourist shops and art galleries. (Submitted on March 4, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, February 17, 2013
3. Capitola’s Wharf
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 4, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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