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Goldies 2004

Historical Index: Santa Cruz Now and Then

Oct. 17, 1769: Portola Expedition discovers area we call Santa Cruz.

Oct. 17, 1989: Loma Prieta earthquake destroys over 200 buildings and kills 2 people in downtown Santa Cruz.

Ethnic Distribution, 1768: 100 percent Indian.

Ethnic Distribution, 2004: 0.6 percent Indian.

Most Important Crops, 1768: acorns, grass seeds, hazelnuts, strawberries, blackberries and soap plant root.

Most Important Crops, 2004: artichokes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, garlic, lettuce, spinach, strawberries.


Goldies 2004 Contents:
Arts & Culture (readers' choice)
A-Z Index of Names/Places
Economic Index
Food & Drink (readers' choice)
Goods & Services (readers' choice)
Historical Index
Music & Nightlife (readers' choice)
People & Places
People & Places (readers' choice)
List of 'Stans'


1791: Mission Santa Cruz founded.

1834: Mission Santa Cruz closes, by which time 90 percent of indigenous people have been wiped out.

1854: A grizzly bear leaves a gaping hole in the skull of Mountain Charley, which he henceforth covers with two silver dollars.

1885: Last grizzly bear shot in Santa Cruz mountains, weighing 642 pounds.

1879: Anti-Chinese referendum of 1879 passes in Santa Cruz County.

1955: Year in which the fourth and last Chinatown burned to ground.

1920s: Decade in which the Ku Klux Klan established a chapter here.

1948: Year in which a local chapter of the NAACP formed here.

Percentage of population that's African American in 2003: 1.1 percent

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From the March 31-April 7, 2004 issue of Metro Santa Cruz.

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