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 […]
Have a little piece of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk History of your own!At this year’s annual Aptos History Museum Fundraiser the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is helping Aptos History stay alive by donating one of the Ferris Wheel Seats. The Ferris Wheel was retired in the Fall of 2017 after 60 years in operation.With over […]