On Dolphin Drive south of Via Nevella, on the left when traveling south.
One hundred years ago, in the skies above this
monument, three soaring flights were made on
March 16th, 17th, and 20th, by an aeroplane-
glider flown by Aeronaut and parachute dare-
devil, Daniel John Maloney, which had been
designed and . . . — — Map (db m100963) HM
This establishment sits on a portion of the Mexican Grant Rancho de Aptos conveyed to Rafael Castro by Jose Figueroa in 1833. The hotel was built in 1870 by Jose Arano, a french basque who had married Castro's youngest daughter Maria de Las . . . — — Map (db m25571) HM
Though hopelessly broken and firmly at rest, the cement ship Palo Alto has become an important legacy whose value has not decreased today. As the colorful chapters of her past resonate through her hull she is protected as a historic resource, a . . . — — Map (db m49852) HM
On State Park Drive, on the left when traveling south.
Fearing the world might run out of steel, the United States commissioned tankers built of concrete during World War I (1914-1918). Launched in Oakland on May 29, 1919, the SS Palo Alto arrived too late to serve her intended purpose. She remained . . . — — Map (db m134748) HM
On Central Avenue at Main Street, on the right when traveling north on Central Avenue.
Santa Cruz County
First Community Church in Ben Lomond
The Museum of Art & History
The Wee Kirk
Has been listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
By the United . . . — — Map (db m203032) HM
A group of conservationists led by Andrew P. Hill camped at the base of Slippery Rock on May 15, 1900 and formed the Sempervirens Club to preserve the redwoods of Big Basin. Their efforts resulted in deeding 3,500 acres of primeval forest to the . . . — — Map (db m2350) HM
On Central Avenue (California Route 9), on the left when traveling north.
Built by J.W. Basham, his daughter Rachel operated the boarding house after inheriting it in 1903. An ice cream parlor owned by Mildred Moody Cress later occupied the ground floor. In 1920, Newton Raymor bought the property and re-named it the Rex . . . — — Map (db m203071) HM
Near State Route 9, on the left when traveling north.
The building stands in the original town of Lorenzo, laid out by sawmill owner Joseph Peery, who included a “no whiskey” clause in each lot’s deed. In 1885 Boulder Creek was chosen for the terminus of the railroad from Felton, and after . . . — — Map (db m62531) HM
On Forest Street at Pine Street, on the right when traveling west on Forest Street.
Locally known as "The Swamp House," from 1892 to 1920, this brothel occupied what is now the empty lot behind the Odd Fellows Hall. The high water table created a murky slough in front of this den of intiquity, and to approach the house, patrons had . . . — — Map (db m104985) HM
Built in 1903 by Judge J.H. Logan on the site of an Old Logging camp and was first named the Minnehaha
Hotel after a fictional Native American character depicted in The Song of Hiawatha
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
It received its . . . — — Map (db m190696) HM
On Monterey Avenue at Capitola Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Monterey Avenue.
California’s first seaside resort community was established here in 1869 by Mr. F. A. Hihn. The grand opening was held on July 4, 1874, for the 15 acre resort, located in the present Village and Depot Hill areas. The Superintendent’s Office, built . . . — — Map (db m2351) HM
On Monterey Avenue at The Esplanade, on the right when traveling west on Monterey Avenue.
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 . . . — — Map (db m63623) HM
On New Brighton State Beach Parking Lot, 0.4 miles south of McGregor Drive, on the left when traveling south.
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 . . . — — Map (db m19881) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m147263) HM
The third hydroelectric power plant in California, built by Fred Swanton, local promoter and founder of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, began operations on this site March of 1896.
In the plant's final configuration, water from Big Creek, Boyer Creek . . . — — Map (db m100965) HM
On Center Street east of Cabrillo Highway (California Highway 1), on the left when traveling east.
Built in 1914, the entire structure is made of Santa Cruz Portland Cement from the nearby Davenport Cement Plant. During its history, the two-cell jail saw little use in this peaceful community.
It once held two boys from San Mateo while they . . . — — Map (db m100921) HM
Near Cabrillo Highway, on the right when traveling north.
Near this spot, October 20-23, 1769
Don Gaspar de Portolá
And his land expedition, seeking Monterey Bay, camped for three days to rest those sick. Because of their rapid recovery, Father Crespi named the valley
Cañada de la Salud
On . . . — — Map (db m62418) HM
The Ocean Shore Railway was Incorporated in May of 1905 to build a “road" along the coast from San Francisco to Santa Cruz via Half Moon Bay under the leadership of A.D. Bowen, J.D. Harvey, J.A. Folger, P.D. Martin, and others.
A 26 mile . . . — — Map (db m62417) HM
Near Stanton Road near Big Creek Road, on the left when traveling north.
Most of the Indian activity of the Central California Ohlone Tribe took place in the canyon or valley to the north, Waddell Creek. which runs east and west and has a greater beach area. Some evidence such as shell piles and . . . — — Map (db m106636) HM
Near Stanton Road near Big Creek Road, on the left when traveling north.
In 1998, the Swanton Pacific Railroad was blessed by Mother Nature. The high water floods caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon washed away about 200 feet of creek bank along Scotts Creek. The SPRR main line runs about one mile along the normally . . . — — Map (db m106639) HM
Near Covered Bridge Road, 0.5 miles south of Graham Hill Road.
Built in 1892-93 and believed to be the tallest covered bridge in the country, it stood as the only entry to Felton for 45 years. In 1937 it was retired from active service to become a pedestrian bridge and figured prominently in many films of that . . . — — Map (db m2348) HM
Heisler Locomotive, built by Stearns Manufacturing Company, 1899.
Shay Locomotive, built by Lima Locomotive Works, 1912.
Climax Locomotive, built by Climax Manufacturing Company, 1928.
The Shay locomotive, patented in 1881, and its two . . . — — Map (db m190694) HM
A hundred years ago, the intense heat from the kiln fires would have kept you at a distance. Shouts and curses in Portuguese and Italian would fill the air as men labored to quarry stone, work the kilns, and haul in hundreds of loads of firewood. . . . — — Map (db m58968) HM
Dedicated to the pioneer spirit of America
which bridges past, present and future
Designed in 1844 by Thomas Willis Pratt
Constructed 1969 by Roaring Camp & Big Trees
Narrow Guage RR. First Pratt-Truss covered bridge
built in . . . — — Map (db m190688) HM
On State Highway 9 south of Felton Empire Road/Graham Hill Road, on the right when traveling north.
The Cremer Hotel was completed in 1876 to house, feed & entertain the laborers who massed to the San Lorenzo Valley when Redwood logging began in the late 19th century. Gambling, loose women and liquor flowed freely within its redwood-framed walls, . . . — — Map (db m100903) HM
Common type steam boiler used in
1880's. Gets it's name from it's
flat-bottomed barrel, which was
originally mounted on a wagon.
A high dome, mounted over the rectangular firebox,
provides the "driest” steam possible which decreases
the . . . — — Map (db m190691) HM
On Freedom Boulevard at South Green Valley Road, on the right when traveling south on Freedom Boulevard.
A tiny village where violence, hangings, drinking, and bull and bear fights were part of daily life. Located on the old Santa Cruz Road, which crossed a portion of the San Andreas and Corralitos ranchos. As the town became . . . — — Map (db m54862) HM
In 1852, Lynman J. Burrell settled an area along the Santa Cruz Mountains and eventually establish Burrell Village. Burrell School is the last remaining structure of Burrell Village. Established in 1879, it served Santa Clara and Santa Cruz County . . . — — Map (db m110267) HM
On Mission Street at Sylvar Street, on the right when traveling west on Mission Street.
At this location, an “El Camino Real” mission bell marker previously stood. Its removal was requested by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, descendants of the indigenous peoples taken to the Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista missions.
In November of . . . — — Map (db m203217) HM
On West Cliff Drive, 0.2 miles south of Pelton Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
In honor of the all Black
Coast Artillery Army
Regiment that aided in
protecting the California
coast from enemy attack
during World War II
These members remained in
Santa Cruz after the war:
John Bowen . . . — — Map (db m98046) WM
The Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf opened in 1914. Secured by 2,000 Douglas-fir pilings driven 21 feet into the ocean floor, it is 2,745 feet long, or more than half a mile. It is the longest wooden pier in the United States.
The Wharf evolved from a . . . — — Map (db m201630) HM
What began in the “Summer of Love” as a teenage crush has grown into a successful family, spanning two generations. Kathy and Marshall Miller met as teenagers when they both worked at the Boardwalk in the 1960s. They began their first . . . — — Map (db m62795) HM
On Lincoln Street near Chestnut Street, on the right when traveling west.
Santa Cruz County
Abbot Row Houses
Designed by VanCleeck for Wm. T. Cope
Saved from demolition 1973 by Chuck Abbott
Extensively restored by Jorge Jara
Historical Trust Landmark — — Map (db m205171) HM
American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) recognizes Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk's Giant Dipper as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, a designation reserved for rides of historic significance.
The 75-foot high wood coaster officially opened on May . . . — — Map (db m62826) HM
On Agnes Street at Mentel Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Agnes Street.
Arana Gulch’s oak forest, coastal prairie, nearby lagoon, and coastline were a rich source for the Ohlone. These semi-nomadic natives lived in the region for thousands of years, moving with the seasons to harvest acorns, hunt . . . — — Map (db m212638) HM
Near Evergreen Street, on the right when traveling south.
Founder Publisher and Editor
Santa Cruz Surf
Brilliant in mind, just in judgment, valiant in spirit, for forty years leader in initiative thought and action for the public welfare.
He rests here in the place of his choice under the shadows . . . — — Map (db m62436) HM
The first Miss California Pageant took place at the Boardwalk in 1924, drawing huge crowds. The pageant moved to the Civic Auditorium in 1966. Santa Cruz enjoyed the economic benefits of this popular event until 1985.
Faye Lanpheir, Miss . . . — — Map (db m62812) HM
The Santa Cruz Beach was changed forever in 1904 when promoter and entrepreneur Fred Swanton hosted the grand opening of the Neptune Casino, a Moorish-style wonder and wedding cake of a building. The Casino was destroyed by fire in June of 1906. . . . — — Map (db m62796) HM
The timeless and picturesque Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has “starred” in everything from industrial films, commercials, and music videos to made-for-TV movies and feature-length big-screen releases. — — Map (db m62825) HM
On North Branciforte Avenue at Water Street on North Branciforte Avenue.
These school grounds were the center of Villa de Branciforte founded in 1797 by Governor Diego de Borica of California on orders from Spain through Viceroy Branciforte in Mexico. The settlement existed as political entity until American occupancy of . . . — — Map (db m2347) HM
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is still going strong 100 years after it first began entertaining visitors. The company has successfully adapted with the times and grown in a way that still fits within the local community. The entire Santa Cruz Beach . . . — — Map (db m201638) HM
This is the location of one of the last known bull and bear rings in California, where the animals were placed in a wooden stockade and local settlers would bet on the outcome of their fight.
Bull and Bear fights were brought to Santa Cruz by . . . — — Map (db m100961) HM
The restaurant now called Surf City Grill has been known by other names and owned by several families over the years. In spite of these changes, it remains a favorite for satisfying the appetites of visitors, ravenous after a day at the Boardwalk. — — Map (db m62815) HM
Near Evergreen Street, on the right when traveling south.
James Williams, age 29 and a native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, emigrated overland to California in 1843 along with his three brothers – John, age 25; Isaac, age 20; and Squire, age 19 – in a . . . — — Map (db m62440) HM
On Walnut Avenue near Center Street, on the right when traveling west.
City of Santa Cruz
Administration / Operations / Prevention Offices
City Council Groundbreaking: August 2000
Keith Sugar (Mayor) • Tim Fitzmaurice (Vice-Mayor) • Katherine Beiers • Michael Hernandez • . . . — — Map (db m205077) HM
Near Glen Coolidge Drive just north of High Street, on the left when traveling north.
From the 1880s to middle 1900s workers at the lime works and ranch ate their daily meals at this Cook House. At the south end was the kitchen, pantry, and residence for the cook, who was usually Chinese; at the end was a communal dining hall for . . . — — Map (db m64244) HM
Near Beach Street east of Cliff Street, on the right when traveling east.
The Boardwalk has a celebrated history of providing beach visitors with the ultimate in thrills and entertainment. This world-class venue featured amazing acts, from the turn-of-the-century water carnival's Slide for Life daredevils and world . . . — — Map (db m183101) HM
On Walnut Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
Fachutar House, Music Shop and Concert Hall
Allen Collins, Architect
Built by Salvator Fachutar and Francess Bagnell Fachutar
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History — — Map (db m205168) HM
At the turn of the century, lounging couples covered the beach much as they do today. But the women were fully dressed, and men wore hats and coats. Laws prohibited sitting on the beach in bathing attire.
Today, from bikinis to tankinis, women’s . . . — — Map (db m62816) HM
On Center Street, on the right when traveling north.
First Services Held in this Church
A.D. June 29, 1864
In acknowledgement of the contribution to the cultural heritage of California represented by this building the California Heritage Council presents this Award of Recognition
Calvary . . . — — Map (db m203257) HM
The Fitzsimmons & Twisselman families have been operating their concessions at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk since 1934. Over the years, Charles J. Fitzsimmons moved from games to retail food. Today, Charles’s grandson, Matt Twisselman, continues . . . — — Map (db m62829) HM