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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM20HC_swanton-pacific-ranch_Davenport-CA.html
Indian Days Most of the Indian activity of the Central California Ohlone Tribe took place in the canyon or valley to the north, Waddell Creek. which runs east and west and has a greater beach area. Some evidence such as shell piles and grindi…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM20HB_washout-1997-to-2001_Davenport-CA.html
In 1998, the Swanton Pacific Railroad was blessed by Mother Nature. The high water floods caused by the El NiƱo weather phenomenon washed away about 200 feet of creek bank along Scotts Creek. The SPRR main line runs about one mile along the norma…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1ZDK_the-swamp-house_Boulder-Creek-CA.html
Locally known as "The Swamp House," from 1892 to 1920, this brothel occupied what is now the empty lot behind the Odd Fellow Hall. The high water table created a murky slough in front of this den of intiquity, and to approach the house, patrons ha…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WKW_big-creek-light-and-power-company-historical_Davenport-CA.html
The third hydroelectric power plant in California, built by Fred Swanton, local promoter and founder of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, began operations on this site March of 1896. In the plant's final configuration, water from Big Creek, Boyer Creek…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WKV_first-high-altitude-airplane-flights-march-1905-historical_Aptos-CA.html
One hundred years ago, in the skies above this monument, three soaring flights were made on March 16th, 17th, and 20th, by an aeroplane- glider flown by Aeronaut and parachute dare- devil, Daniel John Maloney, which had been designed and b…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WKT_bull-and-bear-fights-historical_Santa-Cruz-CA.html
This is the location of one of the last known bull and bear rings in California, where the animals were placed in a wooden stockade and local settlers would bet on the outcome of their fight. Bull and Bear fights were brought to Santa Cruz by t…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WK2_davenport-jail-historical_Davenport-CA.html
Built in 1914, the entire structure is made of Santa Cruz Portland Cement from the nearby Davenport Cement Plant. During its history, the two-cell jail saw little use in this peaceful community. It once held two boys from San Mateo while they t…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WJR_the-santa-cruz-beach-boardwalk-historical_Santa-Cruz-CA.html
Towards the end of the 19th Century Fred W. Swanton, considered one of the greatest promoters and entrepreneurs of his time, laid plans for a casino and boardwalk - a "Coney Island of the West." The casino opened in 1904 but survived only 22 month…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WJI_the-cremer-house-historical_Felton-CA.html
The Cremer Hotel was completed in 1876 to house, feed & entertain the laborers who massed to the San Lorenzo Valley when Redwood logging began in the late 19th century. Gambling, loose women and liquor flowed freely within its redwood-framed walls…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1WJH_the-branciforte-adobe-historical_Santa-Cruz-CA.html
The only remaining structure of the Villa de Branciforte established in 1797. The last and least prosperous of threee Spanish settlements in Alta California. Populated by paroled petty criminals from Guadalajaran juzgados and pensioned soldiers. T…
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