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
The Big Fire of 1904 Columns Fire History 

The Big Fire

By Randall Brown The summer of 1904 in California was hot and dry. Labor Day marchers in Santa Cruz sweltered under record high temperatures and the following day was hotter. Then, early Wednesday morning, the town’s electric system shut down. “All street cars were stopped,” reported the Sentinel, “and an almost weird quiet as of some impending calamity reigned throughout… Read More
Boulder Creek IOOF Cemetery Column: Julie Horner Columns Fire History 

IOOF Cemetery: Boulder Creek’s Overlooked Treasure

The Boulder Creek IOOF Cemetery By Julie Horner, Lisa Robinson, and Nick Morris Tucked quietly into Ben Lomond Mountain where few know to tread, the CZU Lightning Complex fire paid a visit to the Boulder Creek Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Cemetery. The lush woods behind the cemetery are burned to the gates, and the undergrowth of ivy, huckleberry,… Read More