Nestled among the spreading oaks of Santa Cruz County, just north of Monterey Bay, lies the city of Scotts Valley. First used as a hunting and camping spot on a Native American trading route, and later a stop on the stage route over the Santa Cruz Mountains, Scotts Valley has a long tradition of providing respite to weary travelers. Hiram Scott purchased the 4,447-acre Rancho San Agustin in 1850, built the community's first wood-frame house, and sold parcels of land that became dairies, farms, ranches, and lumber mills. In the 20th century, with the popularity of the family automobile, several attractions were opened throughout the valley. Travelers escaped the summer heat by flocking to the Tree Circus, Santa's Village, and the Lost World. Today, Scotts Valley remains a family-oriented community offering small-town charm and hospitality.
About the Author
Author Deborah Muth first became interested in history during a fourth-grade field trip to Mission San Jose. A 30-year resident of Scotts Valley, she is a board member of the Scotts Valley Historical Society (SVHS), a Scotts Valley planning commissioner, and a longtime community volunteer. This books uses photographs from the SVHS and several private collections. Muth is passionately committed to preserving the local history of Scotts Valley.
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