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SCPL Local History Photograph Collection

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Photograph Collection contains more than 1000 local history photographs, dating from the 1860s to the 1990s. Whenever possible, there are notes for each photograph describing the event, persons, buildings, date, and place depicted. The notes also include links to related articles on our website.

Size: 991 items


A view of the San Lorenzo River and the city of Santa Cruz, taken from the Rennie House (demolished in 1970) on Beach Hill.


Andrew Carnegie at the railroad station in Santa Cruz, where he is being greeted by Santa Cruz officials.


Union Traction Company's electric streetcar Number 17.


The interior of an unidentified grocery store


The interior of a grocery store.

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Subject Headings and Keywords: Business--Stores and Shops, Fruit, Counters, Lamps, Scales, Stools


The Knights Opera House was located on Park Street (later called Union).


Chinese fishermen's village, located at what is now New Brighton State Beach.

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Brights Blacksmith and Welding Shop, specializing in truck and auto springs, electric welding, truck bodies, and ornamental iron works, was located on Soquel Avenue.


Santa Cruz High School, opened in the fall of 1915, was designed by W. H. Weeks.

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Subject Headings and Keywords: Education--Secondary--Santa Cruz High School
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