History

Fire at The Hideout

Fire at The Hideout

Historic Building Burns Closing Popular Restaurant By Kevin Newhouse By now I’m sure you have heard about the devastating fire at the popular Aptos restaurant, The Hideout. Thankfully nobody was hurt and the fire didn’t spread to the neighboring buildings or down to Valencia Creek. However, the restaurant did employ close to 50 people and […]

Celebrating 100 Years of the Cement Ship, Part 3

Celebrating 100 Years of the Cement Ship, Part 3

By Kevin Newhouse In the two previous parts of this story, I told you how and why the S.S. Palo Alto (The Cement Ship) was built and how she ended up in Aptos. Launched in May 1919 and arriving in Aptos in January 1930, the Cement Ship was part of the Seacliff Amusement Corporation’s plan […]

Celebrating 100 Years of the Cement Ship, Part 1

Celebrating 100 Years of the Cement Ship, Part 1

By Kevin Newhouse Around the world there are certain landmarks that are so well known, it is impossible not to associate them with the city/town in which they are located. Paris has the Eiffel Tower. New York has the Statue of Liberty. San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge. And in Aptos, we have the […]

Rafael Castro: First Private Landowner in Aptos

Rafael Castro: First Private Landowner in Aptos

By Kevin Newhouse For thousands of years, the Awaswas people, who were a division of the Ohlone Native American Tribe, inhabited Santa Cruz County. There were villages in the Santa Cruz Mountains and along the coast spanning from today’s Davenport to Aptos. In 1791 Mission Santa Cruz was built and in 1797 the Villa de […]

Celebrating Aptos History in 2019!

Celebrating Aptos History in 2019!

By Kevin Newhouse As a child, I remember being told that as you get older, time seems to speed up. I also remember thinking that would ever be case for me. It was my experience that a school year lasted forever and waiting for special events to come around, like my birthday, felt like an […]

The Price of Preserving Knowledge

The Price of Preserving Knowledge

Support Is Needed To Preserve the Aptos History Museum By John Hibble Where did the word museum come from? The word is from ancient Greece and describes a building or temple dedicated to the Muses. The nine Muses were goddesses of the literary arts, music, visual arts, culture, and science. The Muse, Clio was the […]

How The Lumber Industry Came to Aptos

How The Lumber Industry Came to Aptos

By Kevin Newhouse If you have ever visited the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, you know how beautiful it is. Whether you’re a walker, runner, hiker, biker, or simply just exploring the forest, I’m certain you will find a feeling of peace and satisfaction while you are there. It’s hard not to be at […]

Aptos Village Gets A New Sign

Aptos Village Gets A New Sign

By Kevin Newhouse On the east side of the Aptos Creek Bridge, directly across the street from the Parish Publick House, there is a sign that reads “Entering Aptos Village.” I have always loved this sign. It is simple, yet beautiful and makes me think of an era when Aptos was a quaint and quieter […]

Happy Birthday Agnes Reed!

Happy Birthday Agnes Reed!

By Kevin Newhouse Local Aptos resident Agnes Reed celebrated her 100th birthday on March 9, 2017. Agnes comes from a long line of Aptos residents and although she was born in San Francisco, she spent many summers coming to Aptos as a young girl. I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with […]

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