History

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 […]






Twenty-Five Years of Local News

Twenty-Five Years of Local News

Times Publishing Group, Inc. — A Community Resource By Noel Smith TPG, publisher of Aptos Times, Capitola Soquel Times, and Scotts Valley Times, has been documenting local news and events in our county for 25 years, since 1991. Instead of an “If it bleeds, it leads” approach to journalism, the emphasis has always been on the […]






Reflecting on 25 Years

Reflecting on 25 Years

By Patrice Edwards This 25-year anniversary begs for reflection. There are so many memories that mean so much to me I’m not sure where to start. I do know that I never thought when I was selling ads to local businesses out of the back of my car 25 years ago that I would be […]






The Dark Side of History: Edmund Kemper

The Dark Side of History: Edmund Kemper

By Kevin Newhouse The story I am about to tell is about murder and mutilation. It happened in Aptos … Seacliff to be specific. The exact address of the crime scene is not confidential but I will not disclose it in this article. If you do find the address, don’t disclose it and don’t bother […]






The Dark Side of History: Paul Woodside

The Dark Side of History: Paul Woodside

By Kevin Newhouse History can be a funny thing. It’s really just telling a story of what happened so that it can be remembered by future generations. Most people have no issue telling the history of inspirational events that leave you feeling good and maybe even a little bit proud. Then there are the stories […]






Amelia’s Barn

Amelia’s Barn

By Kevin Newhouse The apple packing plant built by F.A. Hihn in the early 1890s is closer than ever to being moved to its new location just behind the Bay View Hotel. The inside of the barn has been gutted of all non-historic elements and the entire building is sitting on a temporary foundation of […]






Aptos History Museum Celebrates 10 Years!

Aptos History Museum Celebrates 10 Years!

By Kevin Newhouse May is a special month for Santa Cruz County museums as it is officially National Museum Month. It is also a happy coincidence that the Aptos History Museum celebrates the anniversary of its grand opening every May. This year, in particular, is very special for the Aptos History Museum as it will […]






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