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Once each year, on the third Sunday in August, about 200 of the most prized

collector cars and motorcycles in the world roll onto what is often
called the best finishing hole in golf — the famed eighteenth fairway at Pebble
Beach. Tire meets turf and transformation occurs: the stage is set for one of

the most competitive events in the automotive world. The occasion is the
prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Things to

Looking for things to do in Santa Cruz County?
With 29 miles of sun-drenched coastline, Santa Cruz County offers some
of California’s best beaches, perfect for surfing or volleyball. But the fun
only starts at the beach!
Visit a beach boardwalk or a museum or art gallery, go winetasting, ride a steam
train, view redwoods or
attend a local event. Many fun things to see and do in Santa Cruz County are
absolutely free!

Website by: Doug Kunst – San Ramon Valley Fire Capt (ret)



In 1769 the Spanish explorer Don Gaspar de Portola discovered
the land area which is now known as the City of Santa Cruz. When he came upon
the beautiful flowing river, he named it San Lorenzo in honor of Saint Lawrence.
He called the rolling hills above the river Santa Cruz, which means holy cross.

Twenty-two years later, in 1791, Father Fermin de Lasuen established a mission
at Santa Cruz, the twelfth mission to be founded in California. Across the San
Lorenzo River, in what is now known as East Santa Cruz, Villa de Branciforte was
established It was founded by the Spanish as one of three civil settlements or
pueblos in California. The other pueblos were San Jose and Los Angeles. Villa de
Branciforte later merged with the Mission Santa Cruz community across the river.

By the 1820’s Mexico had assumed control of the area and within the next twenty
years, Americans began to arrive in great numbers. California became a state in
1849, and Santa Cruz County was created in 1850 as one of the twenty-seven
original counties.

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By the turn of the century logging, lime processing, agriculture, and commercial
fishing industries prospered in the area. Due to its mild climate and scenic
beauty Santa Cruz also became a prominent resort community.

Cruz was incorporated in 1866 as a town under the laws of the State of
California and received its first charter as a city in 1876. At that lime the
city was governed by a Mayor and Common Council consisting of fourmembers.

In 1907, the citizens voted for a new charter designating a Mayor as chief
executive and a City Council consisting of seven members. Subsequent charters
gave a Mayor and four Commissioners both executive and administrative powers. At
that time the city was divided into five departments: Public Affairs, Revenue
and Finance, Public Health and Safety, Public Works, and Streets and Parks.

1948, the City of Santa Cruz adopted a new City Charter. This charter
established a Council-Manager form of government, with a Mayor and six
Councilmembers setting policy for the city and a city manager serving as the
chief administrator of those policies. The Charter, with amendments, is still in
existence today.

More Santa Cruz

“Coney Island of the West” Going Strong
Recently named the world’s “Best Seaside Amusement Park” by industry experts,
the 102-year old Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk features both modern and classic
thrill rides, restaurants, miniature golf, video game arcades, and family
bowling, all located on a mile of sandy beach.

The admission-free Boardwalk offers affordable ticket options and free summer
entertainment. A truly unique California experience!

Pride In History
We’re the last of the great seaside amusement parks remaining in the United
States and home to two National Historic Landmarks – the
1911 Looff Carousel
and 1924 Giant Dipper
wooden roller coaster. The entire property is also a State Historic Landmark.

Owned and operated by the Santa Cruz Seaside Company since 1915, the Boardwalk
remains a family style amusement park creating memories that last a lifetime.
Click here for more
information about our history>

Guest Services
For more information about your visit to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk please
call (831) 426-7433 for recorded information.

To speak to someone in Guest Services, please call
(831) 423-5590.

Media Relations
Please visit our press room
for news and contact information.
Environmental Stewardship
Located next to the pristine
Monterey Bay National
Marine Sanctuary
, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has long been committed
to environmental preservation. Our award-winning recycling and reuse programs
have been continually recognized by the State of California and the City of
Santa Cruz. Click here to
learn more
Boardwalk Clubs
Big Kahuna Club
is a FREE club featuring a monthly e-newsletter with the
latest Boardwalk specials and discounts, as well as concert and entertainment
here to join!

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk uses
Facebook too!
Become a fan and recieve breaking news and fun updates almost daily! Comment
on our posts and share your experiences and opinions!
Click here to view
our Facebook page!

(no Facebook account neccessary for viewing)

Alumni Club
brings together folks who have worked at the Boardwalk
sometime during its 100 years. Club members receive special invitations to VIP
events and more.
here to join!

Have comments or feedback for us? We’d love to hear from you. Please
E-mail, write, or phone.

We are proud to be working with great organizations and businesses.
Click here for more

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