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Michael Bois March 4, 2014 at 09:48 am
As an Odd Fellow, I can tell you that the local lodge, Santa Cruz #96, sold the clock tower to theRead More city (for $1.01 I believe) in the 60's and they simply kept it in storage until it was placed where it is today.
Mitch Moseley March 4, 2014 at 01:20 pm
I remember that many of the parts and pieces were stored in a fenced area at Harvey West Park backRead More in the early 70's. My brother and I hopped that fence one day and explored. Also of note; as part of the proposal phase of the clock's resurrection, a scale model was built by local craftsman Todd Hebron. Todd was well known as a vendor at the Boardwalk (he had a hot dog stand adjacent to the original bumper cars and the old Walking Charlie game). He was also the creator of the Santa Cruz Wiffle Ball League. Lulu Field was a scale replica of Wrigley Field built in his backyard on Beach Hill.
A plaque in a Gilroy city park commemorates namesake John Gilroy.
Jenny Clendenen Walicek March 3, 2014 at 08:37 am
Thanks for the response -- yes, Rowland (and Delgado) are two of my favorite go-to's! ZacariasRead More Bernal's father, Joaquin, was on routine assignment ("in escolta") at the mission prior to Branciforte's rise; he went back to the San Francisco presidio fairly quickly. Love learning about Santa Cruz history - thanks again for this article!
W C Casey March 4, 2014 at 09:16 am
Delgado? Sounds like an addition to my reading list. Do you mean James Delgado's book about theRead More "maritime history of the Gold Rush"? I haven't read that one yet.
Jenny Clendenen Walicek March 5, 2014 at 07:48 am
THE James P. Delgado -- mostly maritime history, but wrote some really relevant and reliableRead More tidbit-packed articles about Rancho Santa Teresa and Antonio Sunol. Here's JPD's bio and bibliography: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/sites/default/files/8910/DelgadoFonds_1.pdf
Scenes like this would have been common in 1862-65.
Bruce Tanner January 31, 2014 at 10:08 am
I wonder if in 1862-1865 they had jets flown by anonymous agencies spraying systematic and massiveRead More patterns of aluminum, barium and strontium nano-particulates over the entire Eastern Pacific to soak up the moisture in the air and carry it over California without precipitating? If you research "geoengineering", you'll find the evidence is conclusive.
Thomas Beall August 8, 2012 at 03:06 pm
If you ever find a male descendant of Isaac's I would like to know. His brother, John M. Graham, wasRead More my great-great-grandfather. Thank you. Thomas Beall
W C Casey August 8, 2012 at 04:23 pm
I have yet to delve much into local genealogy. The people to ask would be the Genealogy Society atRead More the downtown library. There could well be someone around who claims descent from Isaac Graham. There's an entertaining, if not totally factual, biography of Graham online at <http://www.sptddog.com/sotp/isaac1.html>. You can also link to this document through Graham's Wikipedia article.
W C Casey January 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Correction: the location of Majors' water-powered grist mill was farther up Santa Cruz Creek, nearRead More Escalona Drive. The old mission mill site was acquired by the Feliz family (whose name was misspelled to become the name of today's Felix Street).
The restored Sunshine Villa today
Brad Kava (Editor) January 14, 2014 at 09:21 pm
Love love love this column and I'm going to get the book and take the walk. Thanks so much!
Brad Kava (Editor) January 14, 2014 at 09:22 pm
And that house does look like the Psycho house. Hitchcock got a lot of inspiration here.
A wider view, from Pacific Avenue, showing the Octagon and its surroundings
Julia Gaudinski October 14, 2013 at 11:52 am
I just discovered your blog Casey and am so glad to see it! I will definitely use it for some fodderRead More for my blog about people doing projects related to natural and human history at www.assemblingourhistories.com. I would love you to check it out. I also have a Facebook page that posts about natural and human history of Santa Cruz and beyond www.facebook.com/mobileranger. Thanks!
Camp Capitola in 1876
Rachell S. August 24, 2013 at 05:55 pm
I love learning about the history of this great area. Women played a big role in its history. IRead More thought the story was true that Capitola was named after the heroine in the novels bearing her name, not just a "colorful theory". Are you certain it is a mystery how Capitola got its name?
W C Casey August 24, 2013 at 10:14 pm
Rachell - none of the sources I've read claim any proof. Either no one ever thought to ask HihnRead More about the name, or no one thought to write down his answer. Don Clark, in 'Santa Cruz County Place Names', lists four authorities with three different theories, in addition to the name of the fictional heroine.
Julia Gaudinski October 14, 2013 at 11:38 am
I just discovered your blog Casey and am so glad to see it! I will definitely use it for some fodderRead More for my blog about people doing projects related to natural and human history at www.assemblingourhistories.com. I would love you to check it out. I also have a Facebook page that posts about natural and human history of Santa Cruz and beyond www.facebook.com/mobileranger. Thanks!
Ocean View Avenue in 1876.
Derek Whaley July 4, 2013 at 11:31 am
Crazy. I was certain the South Pacific Coast built the railroad wharf in 1880ish. I didn't know theRead More Santa Cruz Railroad built it before then. Nice!
W C Casey July 4, 2013 at 11:54 am
Oops - I didn't mean to imply that SCR built the wharf. The Santa Cruz & Felton RR built theRead More wharf in 1875. SCR tracks crossed the SC&F tracks at the wharf entrance, and did not run directly onto the wharf. SPC took over both the SC&F line from Felton and the wharf later in the 1870s, prior to completing their own line between Felton and Alameda in 1880. Note: a recent change to the Patch platform has messed up the internal blog linking in earlier posts, often erasing the linking words. I apologize to readers attempting to follow those links. I'll go back and fix them when I can.
The 1960s Santa Cruz Sentinel building before its recent remodel.
W C Casey April 30, 2013 at 03:43 am
You're right, John. It's much more pleasant outside the CGC than inside. According to John Chase,Read More the CGC was designed by "Rockwell & Banwell". I think he was probably referring to "Reid Rockwell Banwell and Tarics, Architects", a San Francisco firm active in the 60s.
John Craycroft May 2, 2013 at 08:47 pm
Yes, interesting that you mention the old Library building by William Weeks and it's unfortunateRead More demolition. The prodigious works of Weeks are found throughout Santa Cruz and Central California, and demonstrate a marked contrast to the more recent, but thankfully brief and notorious Brutalist trend. His works include the Boardwalk Casino, SC High, Branciforte Elementary, Seabright Museum (former Library, and the Palomar hotel just to name a few. They were well designed, attractive and sturdy buildings. Many have survived, often re-purposed, and have become such a fabric of the community that they are practically unnoticed, but still serving well. There is one sad case of the Redman house in the field off of Riverside Drive in Watsonville. Efforts to restore this historic property (http://www.redmanhouse.com) seem to be stymied by the economy and lack of support. Perhaps some benefactors will come along or development in the area will condition it's restoration. Seems to have great potential as a South County living history center similar to Wilder Ranch.
Kathryn Gorges June 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm
I'd include the new Santa Cruz Community Foundation building in this group -- it's in Aptos andRead More looks like a prison...and it's new :) maybe 'New Brutal'
W C Casey May 19, 2013 at 07:00 pm
For more on the bituminous rock industry, see the excellent article by UCSC geologist and localRead More historian Frank Perry in the Spring 2013 issue of Lime Kiln Chronicles: http://limeworks.ucsc.edu/newsletter/index.html
W C Casey April 5, 2013 at 01:05 am
Thanks, John, for the link to photos and info on your splendid restoration work at 326 Locust. ForRead More more info on this block, see the earlier blog post "Gentrification: Downtown Santa Cruz in the 1870s". Calvin Davis apparently did well as a builder - he built for himself the fanciest house on Mission Hill (1883), at 207 Mission Street. Brother Charles was the architect.
John Craycroft April 6, 2013 at 04:11 pm
Thanks pointing out the "Gentrification" post, very interesting, quite a boom in theRead More 1870's and 80's. I love the photo of the Opera House, and think I read somewhere that Calvin Davis was the builder.
Barry Brown May 17, 2013 at 04:07 pm
Hello Mr. Casey, I like your interest and accuracy regarding C. B. Gifford's "Bird's Eye"Read More view of Santa Cruz. An added note; David Gharkey sold his wharf (including his pile driver) to the California Powder Works on November 10, 1865, Vol. 7, page 773, S. C. County Book of Deeds. Keep up the good work. Best, Barry Brown
7SquidRow February 21, 2013 at 02:18 pm
Thank you for the great piece of local lore. I've been researching old pics for a public art muralRead More that might grace Squidrow bet union and chestnut. I'd love to see what you might have depicting the Enterprise Ironworks bldg and anything here that was railroad centric. The concept is to use the historical images as a basis for the mural. Any ideas images or feedback? Thank you in advance.
W C Casey February 22, 2013 at 12:16 am
Thanks for the comment. I'd love to find some old photos of Enterprise Iron Works for you, but all IRead More have so far are the ones posted here. I'm also looking at the history of the SP buildings after the new depot was built down at the end of Center Street. More on that, if I find anything, when we get to 1893.
W C Casey March 17, 2013 at 07:55 pm
Correction: In the last paragraph, the sentence "Southern Pacific completed its Santa CruzRead More monopoly with the purchase of the SCR from James Fair & company later in the 1880s" should read "SPC", not "SCR".
W C Casey February 16, 2013 at 08:11 pm
Correction: I wrote that "The narrow-gauge tracks on Pacific Avenue remained in use byRead More Hihn’s horse-car line". It was actually the competing "Pacific Avenue Street Railroad" that used those tracks. Hihn's "City Railroad" tracks were on Chestnut.
Gil Warren December 13, 2012 at 03:18 pm
The correct spelling is Charlie NOT Charley. The road is named Mountain Charlie Road. His graveRead More marker at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose lists his name as Charles Henry McKiernan, "Mountain Charlie". Mountain Charley's is a bar in Los Gatos - don't know where they got the name. Mountain Charlie's Christmas Tree Ranch is at 23100 Mountain Charlie Road and the ranch property is still owned by descendants of Mountain Charlie McKiernan. We are told our Christmas Trees (www.charlieranch.com) are the best looking trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Out in front is a historical marker for Mountain Charlie's cabin (a cabin still stands on the spot). At the Western entrance to Mountain Charlie Road is another historical Marker. Nearby is another Historical Marker describing Mountain Charlie's encounter with a grizzly bear. Gil Warren, Asst. Mngr. Mtn.Charlie Christmas Tree Ranch. gworn2000@yahoo.com
W C Casey December 13, 2012 at 05:59 pm
Good catch, Gil. The name of the road is indeed spelled "Charlie". Apparently there's beenRead More a change of preference for the spelling of the nickname of Charles McKiernan. All three of the sources I listed for this post spelled it "Charley". I would take the position that either spelling is correct.
Brad Kava (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 01:51 pm
How big a loss is that rail line to Los Gatos?
W C Casey June 12, 2013 at 08:30 am
Check out Sandy Lydon's website (http://www.sandylydon.com/) for a new story about the Wright'sRead More tunnel explosion.
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Carl brockman July 31, 2012 at 10:25 am
I can remember in around 1954 the fireworks on the 4th backfired and burned the warf. It was closedRead More for rebuilding for the rest of the summer.
W C Casey January 29, 2013 at 07:38 pm
Correction: The "Gharkey" wharf became the "Powder" wharf, not theRead More "Railroad" wharf. For clearing up my (and many others') confusion, my thanks to Frank Perry, Barry Brown, Rick Hyman, and Stanley D. Stevens of "Researchers Anonymous" for an essay titled, "Notes on the History of Wharves at Santa Cruz, California". It can be downloaded from the Research Forum website: http://researchforum.santacruzmah.org/viewtopic.php?t=574