History

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 […]

Farewell to Video USA

Farewell to Video USA

By Kevin Newhouse One of my favorite things to do was walk into Video USA not knowing what I wanted to rent. I loved walking up and down the aisles, scanning the endless rows of movies, and waiting to see which one would catch my attention. I loved having conversations with other customers and exchanging […]

The Historic Advocate Tree of Nisene Marks

The Historic Advocate Tree of Nisene Marks

By Kevin Newhouse Most stories about Aptos history begin in 1833 with the Rancho Aptos land grant to Rafael Castro. Prior to that, this land was inhabited by a tribe of Native American Indians who never kept a written record of their language, practices, or lifestyle. We know very little about the happenings in Aptos […]

The Hard Luck Tale of the Aptos Beach Inn

The Hard Luck Tale of the Aptos Beach Inn

By Kevin Newhouse As you leave the Rio Del Mar flats and travel up Rio Del Mar Boulevard, you will see the three tiers of condominiums overlooking the Bay known as the Shore Del Mar condos. These condos are situated on a piece of land where a beautiful hotel with high hopes and bad timing […]

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