Santa Cruz in the 80s

Just a few years before the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake life in Santa Cruz felt different. Check out what you can spot in this ultra cool Coors sponsored map of Santa Cruz from 1985.

1985 Santa Cruz Map

Map of Santa Cruz in 1985

Santa Cruz in the 80s

Let us know what you spot in the comments!

6 Responses to Santa Cruz in the 80s

  1. Joe Blow May 27, 2020 at 5:06 pm #

    I drove yellow cab in 1985-86, lived off of 17th ave, walk to beach. Rent is a lot more now!

  2. David Allison October 30, 2020 at 11:52 am #

    I think anyone who lived in SC before and after the ‘89 earthquake will tell you that it was simply amazing how fast everything changed.

    Personally, I will forever miss sitting at the bar at The Swan – Heavenly Goose restaurant eating Dan-Dan noodles. But there was so much else that was lost.

  3. Ruth November 25, 2020 at 7:11 pm #

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  4. Brenda Crowner November 27, 2022 at 7:48 pm #

    Hi …Many moons ago…. The place of memories iwas located on 17th Ave. right across the street from the fire 🚒 dept. There was a older house with a big pony horse pen withe some old barns and pasture in the back. Myself and Dan lived in the house and I developed the hose business which consists of horseback riding …pony rides…horse boarding…moon light rides to the beach and crows nest. Those were the best days of my life!!! For you people that rode some of the horses some of the names were Brandy ,Salley,Tex ,Apple, Freckles, Lightning , Rocket, Sunny,Cabeot, Apache, Footsie, Sugar foot ,Christmas , Bacardie, Lightfoot, Little bit, Dixie, Daisey, Ashka, and there were at least 10 more that Dan and my self owned. And then there were the border horse …Willie, escabar( oh that one was one of ours) Sugar, Sunny, and many more…. All together we had 50 head of horses on the Five acres. The trail rides went down throw the firewood property and to the bird reserve called the Pony Park! Hopefully some of you old timers will remember your kids coming over to work to ride program…. Dan also had his Rock shop there and beautifully cactus garden. Souch going on that it was sparked with great memories. Please feel free to call and talk to me orDan about our journey there. We stayed about 5 or 6 years. I want to do a Do Over on my ideas with putting it together again. I have found some great pieces of property…just need some financial backers that want to be part of the action. Things are more expensive these days but I will never give up on what I love 💕 Seeing children have the experience of riding horses and ponies. You can not feel better than to see the smiles 😊😁 on there faces when they get that one on one time to learn about God’s beautiful creatures!!! God Bless all of you and Thanks for listening!!!🐴🙏🏇🌻☎️831 774 3119 That is my cell number. Happy Trails !!!! Help me think of a name for the New Ranch …..maybe” Last Chance Horse Ranch “

  5. Jesse Sarenana March 20, 2023 at 11:43 pm #

    Worked at Lilly Marlene’s restaurant from 1982-1985 located in downtown Santa Cruz. Enjoyed all that downtown had to offer including live music at the Cooperhouse, Friday happy hour listening to Dixieland jazz at Catalyst, shopping for records and books at Logo’s and having a drinks at LuLu Carpenters. Something very magical about Santa Cruz in those days. Will always treasure it.

  6. JonnyQuest February 26, 2024 at 8:00 am #

    Santa Cruz will never be the same. The 80’s were the best of times. Good Times were everywhere.

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