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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

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The Swanton House was a hotel on Front Street, built in 1883.

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This photograph was taken during the fire at the Swanton House, which was a hotel on Front Street.

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The Santa Cruz City fire station on Church Street, showing the damage from the 1906 earthquake.

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The Moose building on fire, Pacific Avenue.

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Robert S. Tait, who was a volunteer member of the Santa Cruz Hook and Ladder Company and later the Santa Cruz City Fire Chief from 1899 to 1941.

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Enouch (Nooky) Alzina, a member of the Santa Cruz Alert Hose Company and last volunteer fire chief for Santa Cruz City from 1889 to 1894.

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Portrait of Frank Ely, the volunteer foreman of the Santa Cruz Pilot Hose Company, 1889, and the first paid Santa Cruz City Fire Department Chief from 1894-1897.

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Henry (Harry) Skinner.

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John Severio, member of the Santa Cruz Hook and Ladder Company and volunteer Santa Cruz City fire chief, 1888.

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