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The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: A Look Back in Time

A nostalgic look back at the West Coast’s oldest amusement park Since its opening in 1907 as the “Coney Island of the West,” the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been the backdrop for scores of noteworthy cultural events through the years, from Duke Kahanamoku’s historic 1913 surfing exhibit to the Miss California pageant to major

Walk, Wag, and Wine Taste Through Santa Cruz County History

We love looking at Santa Cruz County through a historical lens. From the impeccably restored 19th century Victorians to old lime kilns that helped build San Francisco, Santa Cruz County has many unique and historical treasures waiting to be discovered, enjoyed, and sniffed – sniffed? Yes! Bring the pup along as you walk, wag, wine

The London Nelson Story

Mission Street circa 1880 shot roughly from the area where London Nelson had lived and farmed two decades earlier, looking up toward Mission Hill. The handsome white building in the upper left is the Mission School, built in part with proceeds from the rental of Nelson’s property. Photo courtesy of the Santa Cruz Museum of

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY AT THE MOVIES

It’s not just masked superheroes that will dazzle audiences in theatres this year. Santa Cruz will soon grace the silver screen as the seaside setting for the upcoming action flick “BumbleBee.” Given its cinematic landscape and blockbuster attractions such as the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz has enjoyed many starring roles dating back to the early 20th century. In addition to the Steamer Lane surfers-and surfing seal-featured in “The Endless Summer,” Santa Cruz has played host to vampires, Dirty Harry, and even maniacal clowns from outer space. Break out the popcorn and roll out the red carpet, Santa Cruz is taking you to the movies.

The Last Chinatown in Santa Cruz

One of the prettiest ways to get from downtown Santa Cruz to sprawling, redwood-shaded San Lorenzo Park is to take the short stroll across the San Lorenzo River via the Chinatown Bridge. This scenic pedestrian walkway offers a great view of waterfowl and other bird life in the willows and reeds of the riverbanks, but

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