The first Venetian Water Carnival, 1895. The citizens of Santa Cruz raised funds for the Carnival and financier J. Philip Smith made up any shortfall. Mr. Philip's step-daughter, Anita Gonzales, was the Queen of the Carnival. Queen Anita's barge and gondolas are coming up the San Lorenzo River, which was dammed to create a lake for the event.
Date: June 1895
Place: Santa Cruz City
Sources of information: Koch p.195; Santa Cruz County p. 40
Original Size: 9"x7"(?)
This photograph is the property of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, California.