Santa Cruz, California, The Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse

The Santa Cruz Surfing Musuem – The World’s First Surfing Musuem

In 1986, the Santa Cruz Surfing Musuem, the world’s first surfing musuem, was established inside of the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse in Santa Cruz, California.

The cliff outside of the musuem grounds hosts various surfers throughout the day.

Outside of the musuem is a plague that honors the three Hawaiian Princes whom were the first people to ever surf in Santa Cruz, California.

Santa Cruz, California

1950s – The Wetsuit Was Invented By World War II Veteran Jack O’Neill

In the 1950s, after serving as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot during World War II, Jack O’Neill developed a wetsuit which made “cold-water surfing” popular. In 1959, after acquiring word wide acclaim for his invention, Jack O’Neill opened a surf shop in Santa Cruz, California.

The building where the original O’Neill surf store was located was demolished. In the place of the former surf shop a Jack O’Neill Restarunt was established.

Photograph of Jack O’Neill at the balcony of his home in 2006.

On June 7, 2017, Jack O’Neill passed away, at the age of 94, at his beachfront home in Santa Cruz, California.

Santa Cruz, California, The Porter Memorial Library

1911- The Porter Memorial Library Was Established

The Porter Memorial Library was constructed in 1911 to honor the legacy of the Pioneer Porter family that inhabited parts of Santa Cruz, California.

George Keating Porter moved moved to California in 1849 and arrived in Soquel in 1853.

Benjamin Franklin Porter established a tannery with his cousin and became director of the Santa Cruz National Bank.

The Pino Alto home was built in 1911 and is still at Cabrillo College In present day.

Santa Cruz, California

1907 – One Of The First Amusement Parks In California Established At The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

In 1907, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk was built as one of the first amusement parks in the state of California.  In 1911 a carousel was established within the park, and in 1924 the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster was added to the park’s attractions.  The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is one of a few amusement parks, such as the one in Santa Monica, that still exist on the coast of California.

Santa Cruz, California

1882 – The Santa Cruz Hall Of Records Was Established In “The Octagon”

In 1882, a Hall of Records was established in Santa Cruz, California within “The Octagon”; which was modeled after a monetary gold piece first minted in San Francisco in 1851.

“The Octagon” served as the Santa Cruz Hall of Records until the 1968, the year the records was moved to the new Santa Cruz County Government Center.

Santa Cruz, California

1866 – The Chartering Of The Town Of Santa Cruz, California

Santa 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 time the city was governed by a Mayor and Common Council consisting of four members.

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.

In 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.

Charles Henry McKiernan, Santa Cruz, California

Mountain Charlie Road – One Of The First American Roads Built Along The Santa Cruz Mountains

In 1858, the Mountain Charlie Road was one of the first American roads built along the Santa Cruz Mountains, after the Mexican-American War, after the Santa Cruz Turnpike Company awarded a contract to Charles Henry McKiernan. After Charles Henry McKiernan built a home and a road in the Santa Cruz Mountains, he engaged in a bear fight, and became known locally as “Mountain Charlie”.

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, Santa Cruz, California

The Mission Adobe Of Santa Cruz

The Mission Adobe for the Santa Cruz Mission, also known as the Misión la Exaltacion de la Santa Cruz, was built from 1795 to 1793 and the structure is the oldest building in Santa Cruz County.

The mission building has exhibits on the Olhone natives that helped construct the building.

The natives constructed the adobes and the mission building.

After the Santa Cruz Mission became the first to be secularized, the adobe buildings transferred ownership to many business owners.

The Mission Adobe went through a period of abandonment before becoming a California State Park.