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August 7, 1861: Santa Cruz

August 8, 2011

santa cruz mission historical park

Santa Cruz Mission historical park; by 1600 Squirrels, on Flickr

Camp 44

santa cruz chapel

Mission chapel; by 1600 Squirrels, on Flickr

The town stands on a terrace about sixty feet above the sea, a table that runs back a mile, where another terrace rises—an old sea beach about 180 feet higher, which may be traced for miles. [Today] we spent in examining these terraces and measuring their heights. The town is prettily situated on a clear stream, the San Lorenzo River. The place looks quite American—neat homes, trees in the yards, gardens, flowers, and American farms around. Even the old adobe mission church is nearly torn down and a neat wooden church stands by its side, the old adobe walls and ruins telling of another race of builders. There are some Spanish people and Indians left yet, but the town is American.

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