A tannery once occupied the land where Temple Beth El stands today just west of Cabrillo College and a piece of that tannery still remains.
Egyptian and Greek mythology, and the Harry Potter fantasy series, refer to a Phoenix bird that dies by bursting into flame and is then reborn from its ashes. Therefore, phoenix would be a good description of the Hideout restaurant at 9051 Soquel Drive in Aptos. The Hideout is the latest restaurant incarnation in a historic building that dates back to 1927
Carolyn Swift and I interviewed Ralph Mattison when he was 97 years old. Ralph’s father died of the influenza leaving Ralph to take over the family’s apple dryer and vinegar business in Aptos Village.
by John Hibble The more things change, the more they remain the same. Today, a school impact fee is charged to developers and home builders to support local school districts. During the early years of statehood, Aptos land owners donated land and paid for the building of the first schools. Rafael Castro, the first owner […]
It was considered the most dangerous spot on the Santa Cruz-Watsonville Road and was known as “Death Curve”
One of the many gems that make Aptos different than anywhere else is Redwood Village, hidden in a redwood grove across Highway One from Deer Park Shopping Center. Today it is a small commercial center, but it started out as one of California’s first motels.
Mangels House by John Hibble Mangels House is an elegant, Victorian, summer mansion in the Aptos hills, built by Claus Mangels, brother-in-law of Claus Spreckels, the sugar millionaire. It is the last remaining example of three nearly identical mansions built between 1872 and 1888. Claus Mangels was born September 12, 1832 in Baderkase, in the […]
by John Hibble The Native people who lived here and gave Aptos its name, lived on the land and were stewards of it. They may have been territorial, but they did not have the concept of land ownership. The first owners of this land would have been the King of Spain and the church. After […]
By John Hibble Clause Spreckels of San Francisco was one of the richest men in America because of his imagination and his energy. He was a whirlwind. When he purchased most of the Aptos Rancho from Rafael Castro in 1872, he had big plans for Aptos. He wanted to develop the sugar beet industry here. He wanted […]
After the invention of the airplane in the first decade of the last century, airfields began to spring up everywhere. Although most were eventually called airports, airfields or landing fields is a more accurate term for many of the early ones, as they started out as open land. Early airplanes landed slowly enough that they […]