For a century now, the Santa Cruz Wharf has shone as one of the crown jewels of the Pacific Coast, and today it serves as a gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. What began as a shipping pier quickly morphed into the home of the colorful and fabled Santa Cruz Italian fishing colony. In its most recent iteration, the wharf serves as the primary destination for upward of four million annual visitors to Santa Cruz County. Since the time of the California Gold Rush in the late 1840s, there have been six wharves, or wooden piers, along the Santa Cruz waterfront, providing critical links for the local community to regional and global markets. The Santa Cruz Wharf, and all the 4,528 wooden piles that compose it, provides both external and internal vistas not found anywhere on land and is a place for contemplation, reflection, and quietude.
About the Author
Geoffrey Dunn is a fourth-generation member of the Cottardo Stagnaro fishing family and an award-winning journalist, historian, and filmmaker. He is the author of several books, including Santa Cruz Is in the Heart (volumes I and II) and Sports of Santa Cruz County, published by Arcadia in its Images of America series. The recipient of a Gail Rich Award for artistic contributions to Santa Cruz County and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, Dunn was named both Artist of the Year and Historian of the Year in Santa Cruz County for 2015.