Scotts Valley Community Barn History Water 

A History of Scotts Valley Water

By Randall Brown August 1958. The Scotts Valley Barn was practically empty on the night the residents were invited to learn about the upcoming water election. Engineers, county officials’ consultants, and public-relations men nearly outnumbered the ten interested citizens. There would be one question on the ballot, according to a spokesman: “Do you wish to buy a reserve water supply… Read More
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Abandoned Bunker in the CZU Burn Zone

What fire uncovers. Within Big Basin Redwoods State Park – post-CZU – an old bunker is revealed. Locals have long speculated what might have been stored within. SLV Museum’s Lisa Robinson provided this comment: “I would have thought it was for road building and/or removing stumps – there are many many reports of removing stumps with dynamite – I’ve written… Read More
Quail Hollow Ranch Park The Pond Columns History 

Streetwise: Kenville Road

The Hidden History of SLV Street Names By Lisa Robinson Old Kenville Road, east of Zayante Creek, is the topic of this month’s article. But for whom is it named? There were two early Kenville homesteaders –  Joseph Kenville, who with his wife America, came to Santa Cruz County in 1866 and, seemingly unrelated, Solomon Kenville and his wife Edesse… Read More
IOOF Cemetery Boulder Creek History 

Boulder Creek IOOF Cemetery

by Lisa Robinson In the Boulder Creek IOOF Cemetery there stands a headstone dated 1862. Although it appears to be the oldest headstone in the cemetery it is in fact not. In 1899, when Joseph Peery traveled back to Nevada to his wife Martha’s grave, he wrote: “I had come all this distance for the purpose of removing the remains… Read More
Elisha Brooks Columns History 

Streetwise: Elisha Brooks

Hidden histories of street names in the San Lorenzo Valley By Lisa Robinson While many local places are named after our babbling brooks – Brook Lane, Brook Drive, Brookdale, Brookside – Brooks Road in Ben Lomond is named for Elisha Brooks. Elisha, his wife Ellen, and their daughter Alice moved to their new cottage in Ben Lomond in 1904. Elisha… Read More
Felton california movie location the primal lure Columns History 

History: The Movies Come to Felton

Plenty of Real Scenery for “The Primal Lure” By Randall Brown December 1915. The movie scouts needed to find a location for a Canadian Northwest story. The scenario called for forests, mountain trails, open clearings, and a river. Their instructions were clear: “No phony scenery.” They chose Felton. Carpenters quickly set to work recreating “Fort Lu Cerne,” a frontier trading… Read More
Kings Creek Road at Highway 9 Boulder Creek Columns History 

Streetwise History: Kings Creek Road

By Lisa Robinson In these articles, we will look at street names in the San Lorenzo Valley and explore their hidden history. James King and his family were among the first residents of the upper San Lorenzo Valley. James and his wife Mary Carpenter were from Missouri. They travelled across the plains by emigrant train arriving in Sacramento in September… Read More