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This book has stories and pictures that go down as easy as a corn dog and a Coke on a summer day.-San Francisco Chronicle"The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is a jewel among American beach resorts. Although dozens of seaside amusement parks have been displaced by condominiums in recent decades, the Santa Cruz walk has somehow managed to preserve its honky-tonk heritage while staying fresh and attractive. This charming, insightful book explores in words and pictures the uncommon history of a singular American success story. It'¬?s a fun and enlightening journey."-James Lilliefors, author of America'¬?s Boardwalks

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* A colorful and sprawling celebration of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk commemorating its 100th anniversary.
* Contains 500 full-color and archival photos, vintage ads, and more, including never-before-published treasures from the Boardwalk's exhaustive archives.
* Attracting three million visitors a year, the Boardwalk is known as the "the Coney Island of the West" and is one of the most popular amusement parks in California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580088147
  • ASIN: B0058M7PFI
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,039,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book covers the different decades of the boardwalks existence very well.
Katherine Masters
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever gone to the Boardwalk and has lasting memories of this great place.
Beach Friend
This was such a fun read, with great photos, of the history of Santa Cruz, CA's most famous landmark, the Beach Boardwalk.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott G on April 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The pictures make this book! It would have been great if there were a few more pictures of the various rides.. but thats not what this book is about. From 1800s to 2007, it's all in here!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna C on September 12, 2011
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I know I've talked about it here before (I mean, I took a nice big long trip there a year ago) but I can't express enough how much I love Santa Cruz, California and it's Boardwalk. There's just something about it that keeps drawing me in and even now, I have a craving for Santa Cruz. It's been a year. I need to go again.

I was lucky enough to be in Santa Cruz in 2007 when they had their official centennial (it was also my first trip there) and I've been back nearly every year since and they continue to celebrate a century strong by the sea. While the Boardwalk and Municipal Wharf have kept up with the times, there's just this feeling in the air that keeps it all anchored in history. If you can appreciate that nostalgic feeling, then not only would you love Santa Cruz, you'd love this book as well, even if you've never been there.

The Lost Boys was what first introduced me to the Boardwalk and my love of seaside amusement parks blossomed from there. I've done research on a much closer seaside park, Coney Island, from it's beginnings until it's current state (unlike Santa Cruz, unfortunately, Coney Island is being eaten up by developers and slowly dismantled). So of course, why wouldn't I dive into Santa Cruz's history as well?

While A CENTURY BY THE SEA doesn't go into great detail about the Boardwalk's past, it offers enough of a glimpse into history to get a feel for what the area used to be. It shares not only company stories (the Seaside Company, that is) but stories from locals as well and it just roots you further in the nostalgia. And they're told as if someone were sitting across from you just talking about history. Nothing pretentious or showy about it. It just is what it is.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Masters on February 21, 2009
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This book touched my memory of what was, and added a lot of history for me of what I did not know of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. I spent 18 summers growing up in Santa Cruz and this boardwalk played a roll in those summers. My meager money budget was spent on my favorite things - the merry-go-round and its brass rings, ski ball, and the fun house, where one could spend hours on the saucer, walking the barrel, or waves, and on the giant slide. When I would forgo the fun house I would opt for a treat and another merry-go-round ride on one of those beautifully carved horses. Occasionally I would choose the plunge or the sand beach itself and the San Lorenzo River, where I learn to swim, as it flows into the bay. This book covers the different decades of the boardwalks existence very well. I am now 70+ and feel blessed I was able to experience this boardwalk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beach Friend on August 4, 2009
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This book is wonderful. Full of photos, fun facts, little-known information, it is a true treasury of information concerning the Boardwalk. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever gone to the Boardwalk and has lasting memories of this great place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Wilkin VINE VOICE on June 22, 2014
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The problem that the effort has is that the SC Seaside Company does not seem to elaborate with more of the details that they had available to them, but make this a little guide to give you just the facade of what the history of the Boardwalk is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By warren sadler on February 3, 2014
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I had hoped there would be some mention of the Sadler creamery on Pacific street in this book. Not there, howevere, I grew up in and near Santa Cruz and spent many happy hours at the boardwalk and on the beach.
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Got this for my Dad (mid 70's---age) last Christmas. He is so hard to by for...And Love it. He has been going to Santa Cruz since he was a child. And when we were going up....We alway went to the Boardwalk, once, every summer. ...He Loved this Book!!
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