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Hard-to-find information about Santa Cruz County, brought to you by SCPL librarians.

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Hard-to-find information about Santa Cruz County, brought to you by SCPL librarians.

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Aerial Photos
UCSC's McHenry Library Special Collections has a collection of aerial photographs of Santa Cruz County from the 1920's on. They may be viewed by the public by appointment.There are some aerial photos online in the Local History Photograph Collection,…

Date: Undated
Type: ARTICLE

Aptos Village
Aptos was originally a "rancheria" (Spanish term for an Indian settlement), and is now an unincorporated village, of indefinite area, centered around the present-day junction of Soquel Drive and Trout Gulch Road. "Aptos" is said to be an Indian name…

Date: Undated
Source: Santa Cruz County Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary. Clark, Donald Thomas. Santa Cruz, CA, Santa Cruz Historical Society, 1986.
Type: ARTICLE

Flag - Santa Cruz County
The County flag was designed by Ed Penniman, a Soquel resident. In describing the symbolism of the flag design, Mr. Penniman stated that the main symbol of the evergreen tree against a white background represents "reverence for nature and growth,…

Date: 1983-04-04
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Newspaper edition: 7-7-1983, p.A-2.

Type: ARTICLE

Banana Slug
The Banana Slug, native to the Northwest, can grow to a length of 8 inches, with a few giants reaching 10 inches and weights of a quarter of a pound. Banana Slugs are usually bright yellow with a shape somewhat resembling a banana; they may also be…

Date: Undated
Source: Field Guide to the Slug.
Western Society of Malocologists, Sasquatch Books, 1994, p. 15.

Type: ARTICLE

Beaches - Nude and Topless in Santa Cruz County
For ordinances concerning nudity on city beaches, contact the city police department. For county beaches, call the sheriff's office. For nudity laws of state parks, check with the state parks system.



Date: Undated
Source: A list of nude/topless beaches in the Santa Cruz area can be found on the website of the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Type: ARTICLE

Beaches - Santa Cruz County
List of beaches in Santa Cruz County from the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council.

Date: Undated
Type: ARTICLE

Bikeways - Santa Cruz County
The current Santa Cruz County Bikeways map can be downloaded from the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) website. This map shows bicycle lanes, bicycle paths and alternate routes within Santa Cruz County; it also features…

Date: Undated
Type: ARTICLE

Cement Ship
Remnants of the "S.S. Palo Alto." The 435-foot ship was built of concrete by the San Francisco Shipbuilding Co. just after the end of World War I. Originally designed as a tanker, it was part of a wartime effort to reduce the use of steel and iron.…

Date: Undated
Source: Forever Facing South: The Story of the S.S. Palo Alto, the "Old Cement Ship" of Seacliff Beach." Heron, David W. Santa Cruz, CA, Otter B Books, 1991.
Type: ARTICLE

Cowell Ghost
On May 14, 1903, Sarah Agnes Cowell, the youngest daughter of Henry Cowell, was killed in a buggy accident at the Cowell Ranch. Sarah and the ranch housekeeper were riding in the family buggy along the upper kiln road on the Cowell ranch (now the…

Date: 1903-05-14
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel
October 30, 1975

Type: ARTICLE

E Clampus Vitus
E Clampus Vitus is a men-only organization which flourished in the California mining camps during the Gold Rush days. After many years of being dormant, it was revived in the early 1930's, and has chapters throughout the West. It has been described…

Date: Undated
Source: Men Will Be Boys: the Story of E Clampus Vitus by Lois Rather. Rather Press, 1980.

Last Days of the Late, Great State of California by Curt Gentry. Putnam, 1968.

Type: ARTICLE