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Trips to Santa Cruz, 1937 and 1938

I get worried I’ll drop my phone if I try and record on the Dipper, and this person brought along their film camera for the ride! From the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County: A Mattos family trip to Santa Cruz along Highway 17 in 1937 transitions into another visit to Santa Cruz in ’38. […]

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Seabright Hotel and Station

All Aboard the Seabright Trolley!

The front of this card shows a trolley pulling up to the Seabright Hotel and Station. The Seabright Station was used and advertised as an Aquatic Getaway to folks in San Francisco and San Jose, mostly between the 1890’s and 1910’s. Really, not an uncommon story in the history of Santa Cruz’s neighborhoods. Santa Cruz, […]

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Brookdale Hatchery

Brookdale Fish Hatchery 1910

The World Famous Brookdale Fish Hatchery! I wonder what it takes to make a fish hatchery world famous? They must have really been at the cutting edge of trout and salmon back in 1910! Still though, I agree with the sender of this postcard that Brookdale and Santa Cruz (Curz) are still awful pretty. THE […]

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Santa Cruz, Cal., Casino at Night

Santa Cruz Casino at Night

Beautiful, 100+ year old shot of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Casino, reflecting off the water at night. I can imagine a mother, stamping a sending this card off with her daughter. Concerned about the long distance trip and two trains it will take to get all the way to Salinas, eagerly awaiting the post […]

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Perfectly Lovely Santa Cruz

Horses on the Beach in Santa Cruz

Beach cabanas, horses, carriages and the beach trolley rolling down the track at the boardwalk? The author of this postcard was right, it certainly is lovely here in Santa Cruz! Will try to stop over Monday night. Am having a fine time. Tis perfectly lovely here Dasy Oakland, Cal. JUN 78 -PM1911 Boulder Creek Cal. […]

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