Aptos, California

Santa Cruz County


Aptos is a census -designated place (CDP ) in Santa Cruz County in the U.S. state of California. It is located in the north of Monterey Bay,


Aptos is located ten kilometers east of Santa Cruz on Highway 1, the city has claimed the census of 2010, approximately 6220 inhabitants spread over 16.5 km ². It lies on the San Andreas Fault, near the epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. Aptos When are the nature reserve The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and Recreation Area Seacliff State Beach.

For CDP Aptos include the settlements Aptos Village, Seacliff, Rio del Mar, Seascape, La Selva Beach, Day Valley Aptos Hills - Larkin Valley and.


The name comes from the language of Aptos Ohlone and means " meeting of two creeks ". In Aptos Aptos Creek and Valencia Creek flow together.

In 1833 the government of Mexico was a about 27 square kilometers of land, called the Rancho Aptos, Rafael Castro, who originally used for cattle breeding. After 1848 the U.S. state of California was, he leased his land to Americans who built little by little shops, a yard, a sawmill and a tannery. From 1872, the sugar millionaire Claus Spreckels land of Castro began abzukaufen. He had a beach hotel, a summer residence and a horse racetrack built.

From 1880 to 1920 the timber industry boomed, the degraded mainly redwood trees. Within 40 years, the trees on the territory of today's conservation area The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park was completely removed. After Spreckels ' death developed in the late 1920s, Seacliff Park and Rio Del Mar Country Club, which now represent the nature reserve Seacliff State Beach. A Grand Hotel as well as a polo and a golf course were built. The tanker SS Palo Alto was anchored at the beach and turned into a pleasure boat along with dance hall and swimming pool. In the time of the Great Depression and the Second World War, the development came to a standstill.

In the early 1960s, a new phase of rapid expansion of the city began. In addition to many residential buildings, the Rancho Del Mar shopping center and the Cabrillo College emerged.

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