Aptos is an amazing place. It is today and it has an amazing past. Stop by the Aptos History Museum and you will be amazed. My wife Karen and I have been collecting photographs, artifacts and stories since 1985. Karen and I started managing the Aptos Chamber of Commerce in Redwood Village in 1985. Bob […]
What is Sand Rock Farm and where is it located? I first learned of Sand Rock Farm in 1997 when the new owners, Susan Van Horn and Brian Denny showed my wife Karen and me the property at 6901 Freedom Blvd, which they wanted to turn into a bed and breakfast inn. It needed a […]
Any child who has ever seen a bird soar through the sky has wanted to fly. Greek mythology tells of Icarus who died trying to fly. Leonardo da Vinci designed a flying machine but never built it. The first time that people ascended into the rarefied air was in a hot air balloon in 1783 […]
By John Hibble When and why did the railroad come to Santa Cruz County? Who built it? What has been its impact and what will it mean to our future? Setting the Stage In the early days, travel between Monterey and Santa Cruz might be by foot, horse, ox cart, horse drawn wagon, or buggy. […]
By John Hibble One of the few remaining icons of the lux Rio Del Mar Resort and Country Club era is the Sea Breeze Tavern building on the Esplanade at Rio Del Mar beach. Before there was an Esplanade, the location was part of an estuary where Aptos Creek joins the Monterey Bay. In 1875, […]
Written by John Hibble There are many wonderful stories about the history of our community. Some of them are true, some not-so-much, and some of them just need debunking. One of these stories/myths is about King Kalakaua of Hawaii staying overnight at the Bay View Hotel. Supposedly, His Majesty was coming to visit Claus Spreckels […]
Discover the Chinese Trash Pit, Aptos Village
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.